You know the problem with all those live-action remakes of Disney movies? The biggest problem, that someone needs to fix right away? They make money.
And they won’t stop making money — the Lion King remake, despite being far inferior to the 1994 original, was one of the highest-grossing films of 2019. Live-action remakes are basically the new direct-to-video sequels: purists loathe them, but as long as people keep buying them, they won’t go away.
Even the Sacred Five, the pinnacles of animation perfection produced between 1937 and 1942, are not exempt. Dumbo’s been done. There’s been a Pinocchio re-imagining in the works for some time (sure hope it looks better than this). It’s really only a matter of time before Snow Taylor Swift and the Seven Comedians Spliced Onto CGI Dwarf Bodies, but before we go there, we have to make it past Bambi.
It’s officially on the plate. Chris and Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano are serving as producers of the Bambi remake; Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel, Tomb Raider) and Lindsey Beer (someone with the last name of Beer) are working on the script.
The story is rather simplistic by modern standards, which begs the question: will Disney commit the sacrilege of embellishing the story? (It’s already blasphemous as it is; might as well go all the way and add ninjas.) The studio says…no, it has SOME self-respect, and has no plans to add anything that wasn’t already there, at least not on a drastic level.
Disney seems to decide how to handle these adaptions on a per-movie basis. Nearly the entirety of Dumbo was changed around, but The Lion King remained virtually unaltered with the exception of the visuals. The next live-action desecration is Mulan, due out in a few weeks, and it’s going to be one of those “change it all up” types of remakes….it has an absence of tiny dragons and the songs are MIA, only referenced in throwaway lines of dialogue.
The Bambi remake currently has no release date.