Jungle Book success triggers more fairy tale remakes for Disney

Disney are looking to expand their foray into live action fairy tales following their blockbuster hit this year, The Jungle Book. Photo / Disney
Disney are looking to expand their foray into live action fairy tales following their blockbuster hit this year, The Jungle Book. Photo / Disney

Disney have announced a huge list of new films set to be released over the next few years.

The studio is looking to expand on its success with live action fairy tales following the critical and commercial success of The Jungle Book, according to Variety.

Along with The Jungle Book sequel, Angelina Jolie's 2014 film Maleficent and the classic musical film Mary Poppins will also be treated to second installments.

The sequel to Mary Poppins is set to feature actress Emily Blunt and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Angelina Jolie played the villainous witch from Sleeping Beauty in the 2014 film Maleficent.
Angelina Jolie played the villainous witch from Sleeping Beauty in the 2014 film Maleficent.

Other films in the pipeline include Dumbo which will be directed by Tim Burton, and Cruella, a spin-off of the classic villain in 101 Dalmatians starring Emma Stone as the title character.

Selma director Ava Duvernay is set to direct the film adaption of the science-fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time, and Reese Witherspoon is attached to star in an untitled Tinkerbell film.

Five new release dates have also been announced, with the first film set to hit theatres in July 2017.

Disney's schedule for the rest of 2016 will see the release of Alice Through the Looking Glass, followed by David Lowery's take on Pete's Dragon and a live action Beauty and the Beast movie starring Emma Watson.

- nzherald.co.nz

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