With the smashing success of Beauty and the Beast last year, it seems safe to say that Walt Disney Pictures won’t be cutting out their current trend of producing live-action adaptations of their animated films. From Maleficent to The Jungle Book, they’ve all been consistent, if not epic, box-office moneymakers.
Another subsidiary of the greater Disney umbrella, Marvel Studios, seems to have perfected the “production line” method of filmmaking when it comes to their MCU, now a decade old this year. They’ve got schedules listing which movie gets premiered as early as two years in advance. It’s fairly remarkable.
The House of Mouse once showed a lineup of their projects in this vein during the D23 Expo last year. After referring to Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon and (naturally) Beauty and the Beast, they had made the first teases of the following films.
Here’s what to expect from Walt Disney Pictures in 2018:
- Christopher Robin (August 3) – Starring Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell; it’s a retelling of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, but involving an adult Christopher Robin trying to find his imagination once more.
- Mary Poppins Returns (December 24) – Starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. A sequel to the original movie starring Julie Andrews, it also involves child characters now grown up and needing a little childlike magic back in their lives.
- Dumbo (March 29) – With Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and an elephant performer with CGI long ears, the character of which is mocked until we learn that it can fly; directed by Tim Burton.
- Aladdin (May 24) – Guy Ritchie directs a remake of the 1992 hit, with Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Marwan Kenzari as the primary cast. Will Smith also stars as the Genie immortalized by Robin Williams.
- The Lion King (July 19) – The first movie being done by Jon Favreau for this year; it’s a live-action animal film with CGI speech effects. Some cast recycling is also in play as all the voice talent has been in Disney, Marvel or Star Wars movies. James Earl Jones reprises his animated outing as Mufasa.
- Mulan (December 20) – Development is ongoing despite concerns for casting of Caucasian actors in a classical Chinese setting. Liu Yifei stars, with Nick Caro as director.
And would you believe, there’s more beyond all that? These however are the ones with set dates like in the MCU, so you’ll have plenty to look forward to in this year and the next.