It’s been rumoured for some time but now Disney have officially announced that the divine Emily Blunt, currently being seen in The Huntsman, will play the role that Julie Andrews essayed in the much-loved 1964 family classic. This new version is more of a sequel than a remake, taking place 20 years after the original [much like the Alice In Wonderland remake], but based on P. L. Travers’ book follow-ups. Lin-Manuel Miranda stars while Rob Marshall directs and David Magee writes.
Disney have also announced a sequel to Maleficent, the Sleeping Beauty revamp which I thought was rather poor but which was an unaccountably big box office hit, and have also said that the mooted One Hundred and One Dalmatians spinoff Cruella de Vil solo movie Cruella, taking place some time before the character encountered those pesky puppies, will definitely happen and will star Emma Stone as Cruella. It will be scripted by [oh no!] Fifty Shades of Grey writer Kelly Marcel. The Reese Witherspoon starring Peter Pan spinoff Tinker Bell is also a go and Finding Dory‘s Victoria Strouse is writing the script. The Tim Burton-directed Dumbo remake is also now official, but also three more original projects; A Wrinkle in Time, the Dwayne Johnson-starring Jungle Cruise, and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, are also going to be made.
Disney announced these projects while claiming five new release dates – unnamed ‘fairy tales’ on December 22, 2017, April 6, 2018 and December 20, 2019 while ‘live-action’ projects release on August 3, 2018 and on December 25, 2018.