Agony Inc 11/02/2019

Seeing as the new trailer for Disney’s live action Aladdin has just dropped, it seems wise to have a look forward at some of the titles due to be released over the next couple of years.

There’s been more than a little debate about whether Disney should even bother “rebooting/remaking” the likes of Aladdin, Dumbo and The Lion King, but it cannot be denied that the movies will, in true Disney fashion, likely be absolutely magical. The live action versions of The Jungle Book, Beauty and The Beast, and Cinderella were really entertaining movies. It could even be argued that the Emma Watson led adaptation of the Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont novel is even better than the Disney original. We can see no reason why future retellings should be any different.

There’s quite a few adaptations coming up of our favourite Walt Disney Animated Studios classics, here’s our take on eleven them.


DUMBO

Directed by Tim Burton and starring Colin Farrell and Danny DeVito and Dumbo looks equal parts magical and heartbreaking. Everything about what we’ve seen so far in the clips and trailers makes us jealous of every child that’s gonna see an elephant fly for the very first time. The 1942 original, while a classic, just doesn’t compare, and this live action version looks to be worlds ahead.

Plus it won’t have all that “it’s fine, it was just that time” racism that we’re supposed to not be grossed out by.

We can’t wait. Dumbo, which also stars Eva Green, Michael Keaton and Alan Arkin, hits UK cinemas March 29th 2019.


ALADDIN

When Robin Williams portrayed the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin back in 1992 he made our heads explode and our lungs ache from laughing. The man was perfect, and because of him, Genie was incredible. We laughed. We cried. We fell in love. Most of us have seen the movie, and its sequels, countless times. It was a beautiful picture that became a classic, and it will stay that way.

Does that mean that Disney’s upcoming live action “remake” won’t be good? Of course it doesn’t, but that hasn’t stopped the internet from piling on the hate against it. Will Smith isn’t Robin Williams. That’s true. He isn’t and he never will be, but then he’s not supposed to be. He’s said that he’ll attempt to do the role, and Robin, justice, but he needs to be given the chance he deserves. This is a different movie, and while on paper it may be seen as a remake, it’s still just another adaptation of a centuries old story that has been developed for stage and screen on multiple occasions. Chill the fuck out.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, the movie will see street rat Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) fall head over heels in love, even though her Sultan father (Navid Negahban) wants her to marry royalty, like Prince Anders (Billy Magnussen) from the kingdom of Skånland. The pair will be helped along the way by Aladdin’s faithful, wish-granting Genie (Will Smith), but will find that others, including the nefarious and manipulative sorcerer, Jafar (Marwan Kenzari), and Hakim (Numan Acar), royal captain of the Guard of Agrabah.

Regardless of whether you agree with the movie even being released, it can’t be denied that this one is going to very interesting indeed. It’s out in UK cinemas May 24th 2019.


LION KING

The original trailer for this one looks absolutely amazing. We got chills when the singing began, and with each breathtaking frame our jaws dropped even more. The animals look stunning, and the landscape is just beautiful. We’ve been looking forward to this one since it was announced and we really can’t wait to see it.

We just know this live action remake is gonna do Disney’s original justice. With a cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Seth Rogan as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, the film is absolutely star-studded and, thankfully, not white-washed like many movies lately. We already know that there’s a couple of differences from the original in the shape of new characters like Amy Sedaris’ Elephant Shrew, but even if Disney only deliver a shot-for-shot remake we doubt we’d mind as it’s going to look mind-blowing nonetheless.

The Lion King, complete with THAT scene which is sure to hurt even more this time around, hits UK cinemas on July 19 2019.


MULAN

We don’t know much about the live action Mulan remake, but director Niki Caro’s promise that it’ll be “a big, girly martial arts epic” is certainly an exciting one. There’s definitely going to be music, but a different direction is being taken for some aspects of the movie. For one, it won’t feature the original romantic interest, Li Shang. Instead, a new character, to be played by New Zealand-based actor Yoson An, is going to be introduced called Chen Honghui. That’s definitely an interesting choice, and perhaps one that’ll annoy a few fans of the original. Let’s be open-minded though.

With Chinese actress Liu Yifei onboard to play the titular role, this live action version of Mulan, which also stars Jet Li, is set to be “extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving”. It hits UK cinemas March 27 2020.


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