Disney Announces Details and Release Schedule for Nine New Live-Action Fairy Tale Films

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Are you ready for nine new live-action Disney films?!

Well, you have some time to prepare. Walt Disney Studios has announced their upcoming slate, and we’ve gotta hand it to the eponymous movie-making company. Featuring a mix of the classics and modern fairy-tales, here are the details about the nine new Disney films currently in development starring all your favorite A-list actors, as well as the upcoming films previously announced (Alice Through the Looking Glass, Pete’s Dragon and Beauty and the Beast).

Alice Through the Looking Glass: May 27, 2016

Directed by James BobinAlice stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Alan Rickman (RIP) as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar, Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh, Sacha Baron Cohen as Time, and many more.

Pete’s Dragon: August 12, 2016

The movie starring Bryce Dallas Howard is a remake of the 1977 live-action original film, also based on a short story by S.S. Field and Seton I. Miller.

Beauty and the Beast: March 17, 2017

Bill Condon is directing the upcoming Disney classic, starring Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans as Gaston, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and more.

The Jungle Book sequel

Stemming from the big success of director Jon Favreau’s recent release starring Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and more (as of April 24, 2016, it’s grossed $192.2 million in North America and $341.3 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $533.5 million), a sequel has already been announced.

Maleficent sequel

Angelina Jolie’s 2014 film from the perspective of Sleeping Beauty’s evil character is getting a sequel, in which she will reprise her role.

Mary Poppins sequel

Disney announced that Mary Poppins, originally starring Julie Andrews in 1964, will be getting a sequel starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer and star of Broadway’s hit Hamilton.


The beloved classic 101 Dalmations is getting a spinoff starring Emma Stone as the titular character.

A Wrinkle in Time

Ava Duvernay (Selma) is set to direct the film based on Madeleine L’Engle’s classic 1963 fairy-tale book.


Tim Burton (who also directed Alice Through the Looking Glass) will also direct the upcoming 1941 animated classic Dumbo.

Tinker Bell

Reese Witherspoon is set to star as Tinker Bell, a fictional character from J. M. Barrie’s 1904 play Peter Pan, in this new project.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

ETA Hoffman’s 19th century Christmas classic is getting the live-action treatment, to be directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat).

Jungle Cruise

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will star in Jungle Cruise, turning Disney’s original theme park ride into a movie.

The studio also announced several release dates, but has not yet attached any project to a specific slot. They will release one on July 28, 2017, on April 6, 2018, and on Dec. 20, 2019.

According to Variety, “the company will also release live action movies on Aug. 3, 2018 and on Dec. 25, 2018. That puts their releases in competition with several major films, among them Jumanji, Sony’s animated Spider-Man film, and an untitled animated film from ParaNorman creators Laika.”

See release dates below:

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) previously dated on 12/22/17 moves up to 7/28/17
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale(Live Action) now dated on 4/6/18
Untitled Disney Live Action now dated on 8/3/18
Untitled Disney Live Action now dated on 12/25/18
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 12/20/19