As Disney continues their recent practice of remaking their animated classics into live-action spectaculars, one of the next projects on the docket has been revealed to be Lady And The Tramp. The LEGO Ninjago Movie director Charlie Bean has been tapped to direct the remake, which will reportedly be a live-action/animation hybrid.
What’s interesting to note however, is that this remake will not be heading to cinemas. Instead, Disney is planning to release it straight to their upcoming streaming service that will launch in 2019.
They’ve already tapped Jon Favreau to helm a live-action Star Wars series, and have pulled a few upcoming films from release – like Noelle starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader – so that they can be debuted on the streaming service once it launches.
With this Lady And The Tramp news, it seems Disney is focusing more on smaller films for its service, while keeping its mega moneymakers in cinemas.
Originally released in 1955, Lady And The Tramp tells the love story between a pampered Cocker Spaniel named Lady and a streetwise mutt named Tramp. For this remake, indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess, Results) has penned the script, and Brigham Taylor (The Jungle Book) is producing.
Disney has plenty of other high profile remakes in the works, such as Mulan and The Lion King, but it seems the ones that aren’t set to make a billion dollars are being deemed more useful as content to lure subscribers to Disney’s Netflix competitor. They also have a live action Sword In The Stone film in the works, again set to debut on the service.
Disney seems to be pulling out all the stops to make their large investment pay off when it eventually debuts in 2019. The landscape of film and TV is changing, and once Disney is up and running and in direct competition with another powerhouse like Netflix, who knows what will happen?