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This weekend sees the release of Beauty and the Beast, The Walt Disney Company’s latest live-action adaptation of their animated classic, just one in a long line of movies with new versions planned.

Sean Bailey, the president of Motion Picture Production at Walt Disney Studios, has updated us with news on the upcoming live action Mulan and Aladdin films in a recent interview with Vulture.

First up is Aladdin, which will be brought to the screen by Lock Stock and Two Smokin’ Barrels and Snatch helmer Guy Ritchie. The film is rumoured to be going before the cameras later this year. Here’s what Bailey had to say:

“Guy became interested in doing a Disney movie and we talked a lot about it. When we talked about Aladdin, he said, ‘My stories are really about street hustlers. That’s what I know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good.’ Guy’s got his own version of that story in his life. But he wanted to honor and respect the Disney of it all. We never want to feel like we have a playbook to these things because we worry it’ll make us creatively complacent. The idea of a highly energized Guy Ritchie Disney musical felt like, Oh, we haven’t done that before.” 

As for Mulan – well, it looks like the Mouse House may break the mould with that one and bring a non-musical version to screens. Bailey spoke briefly about the planned remake.

’”Mulan is clearly an empowered-female story but we can also do something new in this reimagining, make it a little more muscular, stronger, with touch of Ridley Scott.’. (Sources close to production say that, unlike Aladdin or Beauty and the Beast, Mulan is not expected to prominently feature songs, though that could change.)”

Next up for Disney is a sequel to their 1960s classic Mary Poppins with Mary Poppins Returns, which comes to cinemas next December. More as it comes in.

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