Like most remakes, redos, re-imaginings and reboots there is bound to be plenty of discussions about the necessity to retell a familiar tale. Whether its to help an ailing franchise gain revived interest from a potentially new generation of cinema goers or a chance to go back and revisit the original source material touching a classic can often be perceived as almost cinematic sacrilege.
The advances in technology and how movies are now made has very much helped the recent success of director Jon Favreau’s effects-laden family fantasy epic The Jungle Book. Touted as being a little more faithful to the original novel by English author and poet Rudyard Kipling there was of course still plenty of artistic license being peppered throughout the new adaptation. But its something that is almost academic now due to the incredible visual journey the director takes you on which whilst obviously reminiscent of Disney’s 40-year old animated classic it still manages to entertain on an entirely new level.
So could this be the start of a new generation of live-action Disney adaptations? Well if so which of the classics would translate the best? A new remake of The Little Mermaid is already being lined up and its the young Chloe Moretz, star of Kick Ass, who will be taking the role as Ariel. The franchise of little mermaid has inspired many of shoots including toys, sequels and classic slot games like the Mermaid millions slot. More notably the project will also be using the original novel penned by Hans Christian Andersen as its source other that the original Disney adaptation. This could mean that well likely be seeing a blonde haired Ariel instead of the more iconic red head that were used to.
There have been plenty of adaptations of the classic tale of Robin Hood over the years, one of which was Disneys 1973 cartoon version where the characters were all played by animals. The recent release of The Jungle Book has shown us just how CGI animals can be created in such a believable way and so mixing this technology together with such a well-known story in this manner could make it the perfect fodder for the next big screen outing.
Speaking of animals there have been plenty of animated features in the Disney back catalog that have predominantly revolved around the animal world. Could past efforts such as Dumbo, Bambi, The Rescuers or Lady and the Tramp be good jumping off points for the live-action adaptation treatment? Its clear that The Jungle Book has paved the way for future projects now that apparent technological restrictions seem all but lifted. I mean who wouldn’t pay to see a film about a real flying elephant?