Disney Sets Release Dates For A Lot Of Live-Action Adaptations

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Hey Disney fans!

It’s an interesting time to be a fan of Disney films. Lately, all of the classic animated Disney fare have been getting live-action makeovers. Love them or hate them, they certainly seem to be here to stay.

The latest adaptation of The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Idris Elba, Billy Murray, and Scarlett Johansson, has performed extremely well at the box office and received critical acclaim. If I wasn’t so bogged down by finals, then I would be checking this movie out majorly.

Upcoming live-action Disney films based on their animated library are Alice Through The Looking Glass (May 27th), Pete’s Dragon (August 12th), and, the one I’m most excited for, Beauty and the Beast (March 17, 2017). Previous entries include the Angelina Jolie starring Maleficent and the Kenneth Branagh directed Cinderella.

Today, a slew of new release dates where announced for live-action Disney films based on their fairy tale library and other recognizable properties.

The fairy tale specific release dates are July 28, 2017 followed by April 6, 2018 and December 20, 2019. The other dates based on recognizable properties are August 3, 2018 and Christmas Day 2018.

Daaaaang, son. That’s a lot of Disney movies forthcoming through the pipeline.

It’s unsurprising though. They have a lot of live-action projects in development.

There are sequels already greenlit for Maleficent and The Jungle Book with Jon Favreau returning to direct. There’s also the Emma Stone starring CruellaAva DuVernay directed A Wrinkle In Time, Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson, the Tim Burton directed Dumboa Lasse Hallstrom directed Nutcracker movie, and a Tinker Bell film starring Reese Witherspoon.

On top of all these in development projects, The Wrap reports that the Mary Poppins sequel has officially confirmed the casting of Lin-Manuel Miranda as its male lead.

Needless to say, it’s going to be a very busy few years for Disney fans.

Bec Heim