These Classic Disney Films Are Getting Live Action Reboots

Fans of classic Disney movies are going to have one of the best years of their lives in 2019.

While the company has been slow with its live-action releases in recent years, it’s fully embracing its own movement, releasing two highly-anticipated films less than two months apart.

Following previous recent successes such as The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, these live-action films are bound to be labeled as box office hits — regardless of how many Disney fans say they’d be happy sticking with the originals.

Here are a few of the confirmed films you can expect to see in the next few years.


Ready to cry? Everyone’s favorite flying elephant (spoilers, sorry) is about to lose his mom all over again (SORRY!) in Disney’s 2019 Dumbo remake.

The teaser trailer reveals plenty of differences from the original film, which was released way back in 1941 (fast fun fact: Snow White came out in 1938!). It looks like Dumbo’s getting some new human friends — and he’s as cute as ever. Perfect.

The movie is set to hit theaters on March 29, 2019.

The Little Mermaid

Disney’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid (not the 2018 film) has been announced, but few details have been released.

Some rumors have circulated that former Disney Channel star Zendaya has been approached about playing Ariel, but sources have yet to confirm whether or not this is true.


The Genie in Aladdin

The Genie in Aladdin. | Disney

So far we have one short teaser trailer for the upcoming Aladdin film — Disney is really good at editing those things together, you have to give them that. It’s mostly visuals and a few hints at essential throwbacks to the original film, but it’s something.

No Genie visuals yet, but we do know he’ll be played by Will Smith, who’s probably under a lot of pressure to portray a character originally voiced by the late Robin Williams.

The live-action remake of this classic will be released on May 24, 2019.


We’ve known for a long time that Mulan was officially getting a live-action production. We still don’t know much about the specifics, though.

It was originally scheduled to release in 2018, but is now slotted into the 2020 release schedule.

The movie’s main character Mulan will be played by Chinese actress and singer Liu Yifei.

You can expect this film on March 27, 2020.

The Lion King

On Thanksgiving 2018, Disney released its first official teaser trailer for its remake of The Lion King. Many fans have put shots from the teaser side-by-side with original clips from the 1994 2D animated film to predict similarities and possible differences.

The film will feature the voices of celebrities such as Donald Glover, John Oliver, Beyoncé, and James Earl Jones (yes — reprising his role as Mufasa: Long live the king!).

You’ll finally be able to see this new version of The Lion King on July 19, 2019.

What do you think of this new era of live-action Disney remakes and reboots? Despite your skepticism, are you still going to show up at the first showing of every single one because you’re an adult and you can do whatever you want? (Guilty.)