Disney has just gone ahead and confirmed that, yes, your entire childhood is being rebooted; continuing onwards until at least 2019.
The studio announced nine of its live-action projects currently in development (via SlashFilm); all but two of these being adaptations of existing, classic Disney properties. Don't complain, we brought this on ourselves; considering Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book have all done major numbers at the box office, none of this should be surprising.
There are no giant developments to be found in the new list, with Disney essentially confirming what's previously been reported around the likes of Tim Burton's Dumbo and the Emma Stone-starring Cruella; the biggest news, perhaps, is that Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda is joining the Mary Poppins sequel. Has Emily Blunt's Poppins found her new Bert?
- Cruella with Emma Stone set for the title role and Kelly Marcel writing
- A Wrinkle in Time with Ava DuVernay attached to direct and Jennifer Lee writing
- Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson set to star and John Requa and Glenn Ficarra writing
- Dumbo with director Tim Burton and writer Ehren Kruger
- A sequel to Mary Poppins with director Rob Marshall, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Maleficent 2 with Angelia Jolie set to return in the title role and Linda Woolverton writing
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms with director Lasse Hallstrom and writer Ashleigh Powell
- The Jungle Book 2 with both director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks returning
- A Tinker Bell project with Reese Witherspoon set to star and Victoria Strouse writing
Disney has also dropped its current release schedule for its live-action projects, which coincidentally indicates that it doesn't plan to release further Star Wars movies beyond Episode VIII during the winter period.
- July 28, 2017: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action), previously dated December 22, 2017
- April 4, 2018: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)
- August 3, 2018: Untitled Disney Live Action
- November 2, 2018: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)
- December 25, 2018: Untitled Disney Live Action
- March 29, 2019: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)
- November 8, 2019: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)
- December 20, 2019: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)
This might all seem a little endless and dooming; yet, if Disney can actually sustain the quality of film seen in last year's classically sweeping Cinderella, or Jon Favreau's critically-acclaimed The Jungle Book adaptation, perhaps things really aren't that bleak.
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