The most anticipated new Disney movies of 2019 and beyond

New Disney movies TBC

Cruella (101 Dalmatians)

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It's been over three years since the rumours surfaced Disney is working on a Cruella movie that should serve as the origin story for the villain of 101 Dalmatians, but at the end of 2018, it was officially confirmed that a) it's happening and b) Emma Stone is set to play the fur-crazed fashionista herself. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be directed by Craig Gillespie (of I, Tonya fame) and this origins story will be set in the 1980s "with a punk vibe". Oh, I am so in. 

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Another live-action remake is joining the ranks of the new Disney movies on the horizon, and it's been confirmed that M. Butterfly playwright David Henry Hwang is on board to direct this adaptation of the 1996 animated film, Hunchback of Notre Dame. According to a report from Deadline, Josh Gad may be in line to play the lead, but no solid casting decisions have been made just yet. In terms of how it'll play out, the film - apparently simply called Hunchback - will pull from both the animated film and the original Victor Hugo novel, but apart from that details are light, so we'll have to wait a little longer to find out more about this particular Parisian adventure.

Mary Poppins Returns 2

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Mary Poppins Returns only arrived at the end of 2018, but that hasn't stopped it being a huge hit. It raked in over $260 million worldwide in its first month, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that there's already a sequel in the works. According to director Rob Marshall, speaking to The Sun, the sequel is in the "early stages" of development. "It is early stages but I will say right now that there were eight books, so there's a lot of great material still to mine. That's what we worked from, those incredible eight books of P.L Travers. So, you know…" said Marshall. Looks like we're going to see a lot more of Mary Poppins. Potentially seven movies more. 

Peter Pan

Release date: TBC

It turns out that there's more of the Peter Pan story to tell, because Disney is making a brand new live-action version of the 1953 animated film. Director David Lowery though is confident that he can do something a little different with the remake, although it's not clear exactly how. In an interview with Comicbook.com, producer Jim Whitaker said that "it'll be a big, rollocking adventure", which is kind of what you'd hope for with a Peter Pan movie. Apparently, it's still very much in the script-writing stage though, so don't expect an official release date anytime soon. 

Pinocchio

Release date: TBC

Another live-action new Disney movie in the works is Pinocchio. The story of the puppet-turned-real-boy is about to get a lot more real. This live-action remake has been in development for quite some time, with Paddington director Paul King taking over the film in 2018, which suggest that the timeline may be moving forwards at last. Filming is due to begin this year, but that's basically all we know about the film so far. However, it's not to be confused with another Pinocchio film that's quite different. According to Variety, Guillermo del Toro is current producing, writing, and directing a stop-motion, musical version of Pinocchio exclusively for Netflix. Knowing del Toro's penchant for combining childlike wonder with the macabre, you can bet that his adaptation will follow the darker elements of the original 1883 novel much more closely. It's set in 1930s Italy for a start, during the rise of Mussolini's fascism, which certainly doesn't sound very Disney to me. Neither del Toro's take nor Disney's adaptation have release dates as yet. 

Prince Charming (Cinderella)

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Rather than the villain-led spin-offs like Maleficent or brand new Disney movie Cruella, Prince Charming is - you guessed it - all about the man in our princess' life. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this brand new live-action movie will actually follow Prince Charming's brother, who "never quite lived up to the family name". It's not clear as yet which of the Prince Charming characters this is the brother of - after all we've had Prince Charmings in Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves already - but it could turn out to be quite the different spin on your classic Disney fairytale. 

Pirates of the Caribbean 6

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Although it's not expected until at least 2020, it's looking likely we're going to get another Pirates of the Caribbean film. According to reports, a script is being worked on, but we're a long, long way from it being released. There are also questions as to whether Johnny Depp will be involved, due to recent controversies. However, speaking with Digital Spy in 2017, producer Jerry Bruckheimer says there is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Depp. "I just don't see it," he said. "The secret to any successful franchise is picking talented people, and Johnny is absolutely key to the success of Pirates. He's such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one." However, just to throw a confusion spanner in the works, when asked about the new writers for Pirates of the Caribbean 6 - Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick of Deadpool fame - Disney's Film Prodution Chief, Sean Bailey, was also asked about Pirates of the Caribbean 6 existing without Depp, and this is what he said: "We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that's what I've tasked them with." Depp or no Depp, it seems that really is the question. 

Rose Red (Snow White)

Release date: TBC

It turns out that there are technically two characters in the original Grimm's Fairytales called Snow White, with each character taking the lead in their own story. There's the classic Snow White story, but then there's Snow White and Rose Red, where two young sisters live with their mother in a cabin in the mountains and they meet a mysterious dwarf and an enchanted bear. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is now planning to combine both stories into an inventive new live-action film simply entitled Rose Red. The titular sister will be added into the story as Snow White's sibling, who seeks out and teams up with the seven dwarves when Snow White is indisposed by the Sleeping Death of the poison apple. It's Rose Red that ends up undertaking a dangerous quest that could revive Snow White, which might nudge ol' Prince Charming out of the picture entirely. This could well be the sisterhood Frozen story of the Snow White universe. 

Tink

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It's been a while since we've had any news on this new Disney movie, but back in 2016 is was confirmed that a live-action Tinker Bell title was in production, with Reese Witherspoon taking on the titular role as well as producing the film. Victoria Strouse is on board as writer for the movie simply known as Tink, and seeing as she wrote the script for Finding Dory, Tinker Bell might well be a little bit wonderful. Any other details on Tink are being kept under wraps for now, but it will apparently offer a new perspective on the fairy and the goings on in Pixie Hollow. 

The Sword in the Stone

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Although not a lot is known about the upcoming live-action remake of The Sword in the Stone, it could well be something a lot, lot darker than the 1963 animated fantasy. Back in early 2018, it was confirmed that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo would be directing the movie, from a script written by Bryan Cogman, a writer-producer on Game of Thrones. Now, bare in mind that Fresnadillo is best known for directing one of the best zombie movies of all time, 28 Weeks Later, along with another horror movie, Intruders, and you've got quite the idea of what The Sword in the Stone could be, particularly with a writer well-versed in dragons and fantasy. But, unfortunately, that's all we currently know about the new Disney movie, so for now just hold onto that hope of a horror remake.