We have seen Disney remake it’s classic films for years. And we had high hopes those days were gone with Michael Eisner and the twentieth century. But as we have seen in the last year, Disney’s new love seems to be live-action remakes of classic animated properties.
We’ve already seen Alice In Wonderland, Maleficent, and this weekends Cinderella (not to mention Into The Woods). Later this year, Disney will treat us to a new The Jungle Book, as will Warner with Jungle Book: Origins in 2016. From other sources, we also get the fun of a Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson as Belle, and Ben Stillers’ take on Pinocchio (with as both Geppetto and Pinocchio). But probably scariest of all the pending live-action features is Dumbo.
We told you last July that a Dumbo live-action feature was on the way. And now we have a director attached to the feature. Would you believe Tim Burton? Burton has turned up in this live-action list before, having directed Alice In Wonderland and discussed as director for Pinocchio.
And if you had not yet come to the conclusion that John Lassiter’s Disney brain trust was completely out of original ideas, this will tip you over the edge. Disney announced earlier in the week that it was moving ahead on Frozen 2. The announcement was made by John Lasseter and Disney CEO Bob Iger at the studio’s shareholders meeting in San Francisco on Thursday.
No release date was announced, but with the Disney pipeline full through 2018, don’t expect anything before then. Original Frozen directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are working on the project, but their exact involvement in unclear. At this early stage, Josh Gad is the only voice confirmed for the sequel, and he returns as Olaf the snowman.