Disney won't remake recent animated hits… yet

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Those of you hoping Disney will be bringing you a live-action Moana or Inside Out in the near future should probably adjust your expectations.

It's only natural for Disney fans to assume such projects are in the works, seeing as the House of Mouse has already struck gold with live-action remakes of Cinderella, The Jungle Book and, now, Beauty and the Beast.

However, Walt Disney Studios' president of motion picture production Sean Bailey is drawing a line between the company's all-time classics and newer animated hits.

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"We're not looking at [remaking] anything very recent, [anything] that still feels like it's still the provenance of current Disney animation," he's told Vulture.

Bailey also reiterated that any future remakes will continue to blend what audiences love most about Disney classics with some modern tweaks - like giving Belle a feminist twist in Beauty and the Beast.

Comparing these remakes to a concert, Bailey explained: "You go to see your favourite band and they play all new stuff, it's like, 'You can give me some new stuff, but where's 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' and 'Satisfaction'? You're trying to find that balance."

Audiences clearly are responding to Disney's live-action remakes, with the most recent evidence being Beauty and the Beast's impressive $170 million haul at the US box office over the weekend.

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Among the other Disney remakes in the works are an action-based Mulan (without any of the original film's classic songs), director Guy Ritchie's Aladdin, and a Tim Burton reinvention of Dumbo.

For now, you can catch Beauty and the Beast in US and UK cinemas. Watch a trailer below:

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