|Vulture: Inside the Disney Remake Kingdom|
|Posted by: SallyFx 06:24 pm EDT 03/19/17|
|One of those competitive advantages is music. Beauty and the Beast was very nearly not a musical, but after the success of Frozen they decided to put the songs back in, even going as far as hiring director Bill Condon (who had written Chicago and directed Dreamgirls). The same issue came up during production of The Jungle Book: The source material is in the public domain and, at the time, Warner Bros. was rushing a competing version into development. “When Warners raced us on Jungle Book, we thought, Well, we’re putting ‘Bare Necessities’ in the movie because they can’t,” Bailey said. “We have certain characters and certain depictions of characters and we’re going lean into that. It’s an advantage to us.”
Bailey is very aware of what else is going on in the company, too. In a few months, London’s National Theatre, working in conjunction with Disney, will debut a new stage version of Pinocchio featuring songs from the animated film; any future Pinocchio remake seems likely to draw on the lessons learned there. And Favreau, hard at work on The Lion King, won’t just be referencing the original animated film. He’ll also travel to New York to meet with the team behind the Broadway production, and incorporate their ideas into the new film.
As for where the remake trend ends, Bailey indicates there’s an unofficial boundary line at the end of the Disney Renaissance, around the year 2000 or so. “We’re not looking at anything very recent, [anything] that still feels like it’s still the provenance of current Disney animation,” he said. In other words, a live-action Frozen is still a long way off.
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