It’s been five years since Disney started going all in with its live-action remakes of its animated classics. In that time, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Aladdin, Pete’s Dragon, The Lion King, Alice Through the Looking Glass, two Maleficent films, and The Jungle Book have been released. For the most part, they’ve been critical and box-office smashes. On the other hand, they have been criticized for sometimes not stepping far enough outside the box.
So hopefully Disney mixes things up with its next two projects.
THR is reporting that Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Lindsey Beer have been hired to write a live-action remake of Disney’s animated classic Bambi. The film will be largely photorealistic CGI, similar to The Jungle Book and The Lion King. When the news broke, people on Twitter were quick to point out that not only would Bambi’s mother’s death by extremely rough to watch, but that Bambi’s reaction would pretty much be devoid of emotion.
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Additionally, according to Deadline, Robert Zemeckis is now confirmed to direct and co-write the Pinocchio script with Chris Weitz. He replaces previously attached directors Paul King (Paddington) and Sam Mendes (1917).
There’s no official production timeline or further details on either film at the moment. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on casting when it becomes available.
Do you think Bambi or Pinocchio need live-action remakes? Which remake do you want to see Disney attempt next? That’s the question we asked over @SAWpolls on Twitter. Comment below.
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