Shine Years & Years
From remakes of 'Aladdin' and 'The Little Mermaid' to a brand new sequel to 'The Jungle Book', here's when you can see them and who is involved.
RELEASE DATE: July 19th 2019. Following the huge success of the live action take on 'The Jungle Book', Jon Favreau's next directorial project will be a CGI take on one of the most successful cartoon's ever. It's a lot to live up to but, with Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones returning to voice Mufasa, we are feeling pretty positive. Plus, there's the comedy team of Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen on hand as Timon and Pumba, John Oliver as Zazu and Hugh Jackman going full villain as Scar.
RELEASE DATE: December 25th 2018. Emily Blunt takes on the iconic role of the singing British nanny ready to fix the lives of a new set of children. Lin Manuel Miranda is on hand as her new sidekick with Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke also set to make appearances. Sounds practically perfect to us.
RELEASE DATE: November 2nd, 2018. The latest Disney cartoon to get a live action update, this new take on 'Mulan' will, tragically, not be a musical. It does however have the solid team of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver as screenwriters, who were previously behind the epic 'Jurassic World'. Let's just hope McDonald's bring back szechuan sauce in time.
RELEASE DATE: Unknown. Not to be confused with that other dark AF adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, this will see Alan Menken return to write new songs alongside Lin Manuel Miranda who at this point is involved in so many Disney projects that he's basically the new Mickey Mouse.
RELEASE DATE: March 29th 2019. Tim Burton's long rumoured update on the miraculous tale of an elephant flying finally got some confirmed details at the D23 expo, with a star-studded cast lined up including Eva Green as French trapeze artist Colette, Michael Keaton as the villain Vandermere with Danny DeVito and Colin Farrell also set to appear.
RELEASE DATE: 2019. Jon Favreau will shoot this sequel back to back with 'The Lion King' remake, adapting another classic book from the Kipling series. Neel Sethi is also set to return as Mowgli aka the only human ever seen on screen.
RELEASE DATE: Unknown. Emma Stone is lined up to play the infamous fur fan with Broadway veteran Alex Timbers on board to direct. But will it be a musical? Come on, if nothing else we need to hear that title track one more time!
RELEASE DATE: Likely 2019. Guy Ritchie, the cockney gangster aficionado, may seem like an odd choice for a big Disney musical but, after the very fun 'Sherlock Holmes' movies he may just be the perfect man in charge. After an extensive search, it was announced at D23 that relative newcomer Mena Massoud will take on the title role with Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie.
RELEASE DATE: Unknown. Shooting on the Amy Adams-starring modern princess tale begins later this summer but we are still waiting to here if James Marsden and Patrick Dempsey will return to the streets of New York once again. Hopefully there will be some more concrete news landing before the cameras start rolling.
RELEASE DATE: March 9th, 2018. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis and Storm Reid star in the adaptation of the 1963 children’s novel by Madeleine L'Engle which follows a young girl on the hunt for her missing scientist father. The first trailer got rave reactions when it screened at D23, the project featuring a script written by 'Frozen's Jennifer Lee and directed by Ava DuVernay.