The current trend in the cinema industry is to take old classics and remake them for modern audiences. This has been seen numerous times with Walt Disney cartoons, with the new versions classed as live-action remakes. The Jungle Book kickstarted the trend in 2016, and Jon Favreau’s film led to modern retellings of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin in 2018 and 2019, respectively. With Peter Pan being one of the most beloved Disney offerings of all time, it is highly likely that there will be a remake of the film in the coming years.
Audiences are getting excited for the next Disney film to be made with CGI, and it’s coming from the director behind the success of The Jungle Book. Favreau was in the chair for the new version of The Lion King, which is set to hit screens at the end of July. The 52-year-old auteur’s version of Rudyard Kipling’s story collection raked in over $966 million worldwide, and hopes are high that Favreau’s next offering will be just as commercially successful.
There are plenty of Disney cartoons to choose from when it comes to live action remakes, but Peter Pan will have been fairly high on the list of priorities for the Hollywood big wigs. The character created by the Scottish novelist J.M Barrie in 1902 has been predominant in popular culture ever since his first appearance in The Little White Bird. There have been numerous depictions of Peter Pan in film and television, and he has also shown up in the game world. In the iGaming industry, there is the Peter Pan slot, which is available to play at Lucky Pants Bingo on mobile. Peter Pan: Return to Neverland was another hugely popular offering, and was released on the PlayStation 2.
The original Walt Disney version of Peter Pan was released in 1953, and was the 14th animated film from the world famous studio. It may not have been the most critically or commercially successful Disney offering at the time of its release, but the picture left a legacy behind which has stood strong for over sixty years. Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the most popular rides at Disneyland, and there have been various board games, musicals, and sequels featuring the character.
There are rumors circulating that a Peter Pan remake could already be in production, with David Lowery directing and co-writing with Toby Halbrooks. This may not be a big screen outing, though, and could be released on the new Disney+ platform which is set to challenge Netflix and Amazon Prime. Indeed, if this is the case it could be a useful selling point for the service.
Over time, it is highly likely that all of the most popular Disney cartoons of old will be remade in live action with CGI. It has worked well so far, and the studio has realized that there is a huge amount of money to be made in doing this.