Disney has been on a roll with live-action adaptations of its animated classics. While it’s hit-or-miss in terms of its outcome from fans, it’s pretty clear Disney is putting more effort into this medium as of late, it is a moneymaker, after all. Now, one of its most storied franchises will be stepping into the live-action bubble, Bambi.
Its screenplay will be penned by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Lindsey Beer. The production company tied to the project will be Depth of Field of The Farewell fame. A director has not been named.
The original Bambi hit theaters in 1942. It told the story of a fawn named Bambi as he seeks his place in his home forest and discovers the ups and downs of life, including the loss of his mother. All in all, the story is a touching one and was even nominated for three Oscars.
The decision isn’t a surprise. It’s clear Disney wants to reinvent all its animated classics with The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin getting the treatment already. Other classics such as The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and Pinocchio are also in the works.
Disney’s live-action venture has paid off for them so far, for the most part, having both The Lion King and Aladdin breaching a billion in the box office. That said, some fans are tired of Disney’s constant live-action content and them remaking a film that didn’t really need a remake. But, with Disney+, it’s possible they will find a happy middle in the future as they continue to add onto the service.