It’s that time of year again wherein I take a break from the reviews until January. Before I go on my hiatus, I’ll leave you with a list of the live-action Disney films set to hit theaters next year that I plan on reviewing here. Let me know which films you’re looking forward to!
(Keep in mind that these are only the theatrically-released live-action Disney films that are eligible to be reviewed on my blog. Hence, there will be no Star Wars, Marvel Studios, or documentary films listed. I also haven’t decided whether or not to review Disney+ original films yet. Finally, keep in mind that these dates are tentative and subject to change. Enjoy!)
1) MULAN [March 27, 2020]
Directed by Niki Caro, this is thankfully the only live-action remake of an animated Disney film that we’re getting in 2020! Like the animated film and the legend it’s based on, Mulan is a girl who disguises herself as a man to take her father’s place in the Imperial Chinese Army when her father is too old to serve. My feelings on live-action remakes of Disney animated films remain the same, but I will say the style of this film does seem distinct.
Starring Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Gong Li, Jet Li, etc.
2) ARTEMIS FOWL [May 29, 2020]
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, this was my most anticipated live-action Disney film of 2019 before it got postponed until 2020! Based on the book series written by Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl is a child genius who seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared.
Starring Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Nonso Anozie, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, etc.
3) JUNGLE CRUISE [July 24, 2020]
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, this was another film originally planned for 2019, but postponed until 2020. Based on the Disney parks attraction, a riverboat captain takes a scientist and her brother into a jungle to find the curative Tree of Life.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Édgar Ramírez, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, etc.
4) THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN [August 14, 2020]
Directed by Thea Sharrock, this animated/live-action film is an adaptation of the children’s novel of the same name. A gorilla named Ivan lives in a cage at the mall and cares for an abused baby elephant.
Starring Bryan Cranston, Ramón Rodríguez, Ariana Greenblatt, and w/the voices of Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Brooklynn Prince, Danny DeVito, etc.