Disney has lined up another live-action remake of one of their classic animated titles.
1942 classic Bambi is set for a live-action adaptation, with Disney hiring Captain Marvel scribe Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Chaos Walking scribe Lindsey Beer to pen the script. Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano will be producing the film under their Depth of Field production banner, which was also behind recent critical hit The Farewell.
According to THR, the film will be “live-action” in the way that The Lion King and The Jungle Book remakes were – which is to say that it will be brought to life with “photo-real” CG tech. Regardless of the critical response to those films, they were massive hits, with Lion King hitting a whopping $US1.6 billion and Jungle Book coming close to the billion mark with $US966 million worldwide.
The ’42 original was Disney’s fifth animated feature and told of a young fawn who comes of age following the death of his mother (still a heartbreaking moment). Bambi earned three Academy Award nominations: Best Song, Best Score and Best Sound. While the film has long been looked at as a beloved, highly regarded work, the original reception was actually mixed.
With those aforementioned remakes grossing huge dollars (Aladdin also passed $US1 billion), there’s no chance that Disney will be slowing down on redos anytime soon. On the horizon for the studio are Mulan, Pinocchio, The Little Mermaid and Peter and Wendy (a new Peter Pan movie).
Speaking of Bambi, we’d still be keen to see this Dwayne Johnson version…