With the launch of Disney+, the Mouse has been green-lighting more reboots, remakes, and spin-offs of their classic IP than ever. Josh Peck is headlining a new “Turner & Hooch” series. Rick Moranis is coming out for retirement for a new “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” and Josh Gad and Luke Evans are returning as LeFou and Gaston for a “Beauty and the Beast” spin-off series just to name a few projects in the works. The Disney live-action remake catalog is also starting to become more extensive. Last year saw the release of “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” with “Lady and the Tramp” debuting on Disney+. This year, we’re getting “Mulan” and remakes of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Peter Pan” are in development for theatrical distribution. Now, Disney’s adding yet another live-action remake to the slate, this time for Disney+.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is developing a remake of the classic 1973 animated “Robin Hood” for Disney+. The film is being written by “Lady and the Tramp” scribe Kari Granlund with “Blindspotting” director Carlos Lopez Estrada set to helm the project. Justin Springer, who produced Tim Burton‘s “Dumbo” and “Tron Legacy,” will also serve as a producer on the Disney+ remake.
While the project is still in the infant stages of development, the report indicates that the remake will once again utilize anthropomorphic animals and musical numbers brought to life using a live-action/CGI hybrid.
While “Robin Hood” is no stranger to numerous adaptations, Disney’s 1973 take stands out among the rest for its use of anthropomorphic animals and musical numbers. A fox portrayed the titular hero; Little John a bear; King John a lion; with Maid Marion as a vixen. The film often gets overlooked when sandwiched between some of Walt’s more famous works but has seen a resurgence in popularity as of late.
Curiously, Disney would choose to remake “Robin Hood,” given the oversaturation of adaptations as of late. However, perhaps the notion of bringing to life a lesser-known and underappreciated Disney classic is precisely the right approach when it comes to their live-action remakes.