With the success of this year’s Jungle Book and Alice Through The Looking Glass released today, Disney is busy working on more live-action adaptations (and re-imaginings) of its classic animated films.
One of the many announced films is Beauty and the Beast coming next year on March 17th. Unlike previous successful projects such as Maleficent and Cinderella however, this one is going to be a much closer adaptation of the original one, retaining the musical aspect of it and even using the same songs and lines of dialogues. And it is definitely felt in the first teaser, released a few days ago. You can watch it below.
Ok, that wasn’t really much, and that French accent sported by Ewan McGregor sounded a bit silly, but man – does the teaser invoke emotions! I can’t wait to see more, especially that the film will feature many talented actors: from Emma Watson as Belle, through Ian McKellen as Cogsworth to Emma Thompson as Mrs Pots. With so many shout-outs to the original animation, I’m sure it will at least be a very nostalgic journey back to our childhoods.
And remember that Disney has many other adaptations in plans: Cruella (a twist on 101 Dalmatians), Tink (a film focused on Tinker Bell), Dumbo (by Tim Burton, so it’s gotta be crazy), Mulan, Winnie the Pooh (yup, live-action Winnie the Pooh!), Pinocchio, Genies (a sort of an Aladdin prequel), Night on Bald Mountain (based upon a segment of Fantasia), The Sword in the Stone, an untitled Prince Charming project, Rose Red (about Snow White’s sister), Peter Pan, The Chronicles of Prydain and finally the sequels for Maleficent and The Jungle Book. And the list does not stop there, as – per Deadline report – the studio is also eyeing a Little Mermaid live-action remake. Right into our childhood nostalgia, right?