Disney Live-Action Remakes Don’t Appear to Be Slowing Down Anytime Soon

2019's "The Lion King". Photo by Walt Disney/Kobal/Shutterstock (10341456d)

Over the past few years, Disney has been revisiting the classics to make live-action movies. So far, we’ve seen The Jungle Book, Maleficent, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Bambi, and most recently Mulan has been set for a September 4 release date on Disney +. In 2020, we haven’t seen a lot of new releases due to production and releases being put on hold because of COVID-19, but we’ve been hearing lots of remakes that are in the works. Disney live-action remakes don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon, and here are just a few of the films we have to look forward to over the next year or so.


The 101 Dalmatians spinoff with Emma stone playing Cruella De Vil managed to finish production before the industry-wide shut down due to the pandemic. The live-action remake will be the first release to hit theaters after Mulan, and although it was supposed to be released Christmas 2020, it’s going to be released Summer 2021.

The Little Mermaid

The live-action film starring Grown-ish’s Halle Bailey as Ariel was supposed to start production in March. We can’t wait to see Melissa McCarthy as Ursala, Awkwafina as Scuttle, and Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, and Jacob Tremblay as Flounder.


The 1997 Hercules live-action film is still in development, but we do know that Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers: Endgame) have been associated with this film, although they won’t be directing. Fans are hoping Ariana Grande will be cast as Meg.

Peter Pan

Back in March, Peter Pan’s live remake announced that they found the leads in newcomers Ever Anderson and Alexander Maloney. We also can’t wait to see Jude Law as Captain Hook.


We haven’t heard much else after 2018 when rumors spread about Tom Hanks playing Gepetto in the live-action remake. In 2020, Robert Zemeckis was announced as the director and co-writer of the film, but we haven’t heard more about casting.