Think of a wonderful thought, any happy little thought…like the live-action remakes Disney still has in the works! Disney is reportedly creating a new live-action version of “Peter Pan,” so it looks like Hollywood is going back to Neverland.
Fans have been wondering why Disney keeps making sequels and remakes of their classic movies, but the truth is as long as live-action reboots continue to be successful at the box office, Disney will keep making them. This year, “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” have already been two of Disney’s many successes, and with the buzz around “The Little Mermaid” and “Mulan” coming soon, we’re not at all surprised that Disney may have a live-action “Peter Pan” in the works.
We know what you may be thinking: wasn’t there already a live-action version of “Peter Pan” almost 20 years ago? That’s right; but it wasn’t made by Disney. Back in 2003, Universal teamed up with Columbia and Revelation Studio to bring to life their own live-action version of the beloved “Peter Pan” tale, but even though it got positive reviews from critics, it was a total box office flop, earning a measly $70 million.
With the Disney label alone, we wouldn’t be surprised if an all-new live-action “Peter Pan” was a big success, especially with the amazing CGI technology Disney is capable of. But if it’s going to impress fans (especially those who are wildly enthusiastic about the 1953 animated classic that is “Peter Pan”), it should be more than just a shot-for-shot remake and instead dig deeper into the story of J.M. Barrie’s original children’s book.
Disney has yet to announce that a new live-action version of “Peter Pan” is in the works, but like many fans we’re hoping to find out more about this film, other upcoming live-action remakes, and everything else The Walt Disney Company has up their sleeves at D23 Expo later this month. For now, we’ll be listening to the 1953 “Peter Pan” score and rewatching the fun 2002 sequel “Return to Neverland” (and planning our next trip to Disney so we can ride the famous Fantasyland attraction of the same name).
Which animated Disney classic do you hope will be remade into live-action next? Let us know in the comments!