Legend has it that the Disney executives gather weekly to throw darts at a bulletin board that is scattered with sticky notes of classic Disney flicks. Whichever sticky note has the most darts on it is instantly announced as the next live-action remake.
Well, according to The Illuminerdi, Atlantis: The Lost Empire is in the early stages of getting a live-action remake. The project doesn’t have any writers or a director attached at this time, but the studio is looking to get a shortlist of names ready very soon. The film is being eyed for a theatrical release, though that could easily change.
This is just the latest Walt Disney Animation Studios film to receive a live-action remake. Currently, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Wendy, Lilo & Stitch, Hercules, Bambi, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame remakes are also in various stages of development. There’s also sequels to Aladdin and The Jungle Book in the works.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire was released in 2001 and followed “an inexperienced young adventurer becomes the key to unraveling an ancient mystery when he joins up with a group of daredevil explorers to find the legendary lost empire of Atlantis.” It’s one of Disney’s more underrated films, and one that is ripe for an update.
There’s a lot of people who turn their nose up in disgust at the thought of remakes. I tend to find them pretty hit or miss, but if there is one thing I’m in favor of it is remakes of films that could improve upon the predecessor. The film’s version of Atlantis has a rich backstory and history and I believe that this not only has enough potential to make a killer live-action film, but a sequel TV series. This should be a Disney+ original in my mind.
Oh, and bring back Michael J. Fox in a major supporting role. He’s too old to play Milo again, but he needs to appear even if it’s a cameo. Do it Mouse, or I’ll come for your House!
Would you be down for an Atlantis: The Lost Empire remake? Have you even seen the film?