If you can’t get over Disney’s live adaptation of your childhood favorites, fret not! Here are the upcoming remakes you need to watch out for!
The Lion King
Everyone can feel the love for The Lion King as Donald Glover, Beyoncé, and James Earl Jones play Simba, Nala, and Mufasa respectively. The story follows the 1994 animated film where Simba goes on a journey to reclaim his rightful place as king. Let’s hope this remake retains the lessons and magic of the original film. After all, The Lion King has a lot to teach in both adults and children, particularly about love and bravery.
Release date: July 19, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Following Maleficent‘s success, Disney releases a sequel, where both Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning reprise their role. Set five years after the events of Maleficent, Soon-to-be Queen Aurora finds her relationship with Maleficent getting complicated, while new adversaries appear placing the Moors in danger once again. Will the two work together and set aside their differences to save the place they both love?
Release date: October 18, 2019
Lady and the Tramp
Lady and the Tramp is building up to be the cute, romantic film you need to watch. Known for their iconic spaghetti smooch scene, the story follows the adventure between an upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel and streetsmart stray mongrel. To make it even better, Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux will voice Lady and Tramp. However, the film won’t hit the theaters as it will be released on the streaming platform Disney+.
Release date: November 12, 2019
The much-awaited remake of Disney’s heroine is here, slated to be released in 2020. It follows the story of Mulan who impersonates as a man to enlist herself in the army in her father’s stead. Mulan is the film we need to remind us that we’re strong, independent, don’t need a man.
Release date: March 27, 2020
Cruella focuses on the origin story of the villain from 101 Dalmatians, Cruella de Vil. Set in the 1980s, the film features a punkish vibe, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Emma Stone is also reportedly cast as the dog-obsessed fashionista. Is the award-winning actress going to give birth to a whole new character we might fall in love with?
Release date: December 23, 2020
The Sword in the Stone
Another film meant for Disney+, The Sword in the Stone follows the story of a young King Arthur being mentored by a magician named Merlin. It’s a frolicsome take on the legend of King Arthur, and it might even be more fun since its screenplay was written by Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman. There is no release date yet, but filming has begun on September 2018 in Northern Ireland.
The Little Mermaid
Recently, The Little Mermaid has become one of the most controversial remakes today. It has officially cast Halle Bailey from the duo Chloe x Halle, and some people haven’t been welcoming about Disney’s choice due to Bailey’s skin color. Film director Rob Marshall defended their choice, describing Bailey as someone who has “a rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance.”
Even Princess Ariel’s original actress weighed in the controversy, stating that Bailey bringing the spirit of Princess Ariel’s character is what really matters. After all, Princess Ariel is a mermaid. She can be white, brown, black, or beige. We just need someone who can bring the character to life so we can etch her beautiful voice in our memories.
No dates have been promised for its theatrical release, but filming is set to begin early in 2020.
Lilo & Stitch
Lilo & Stitch is getting a hybrid live-action and CGI film remake! The story revolves around a Hawaiian girl named Lilo Pelekai who adopted a blue extraterrestrial creature and named it Stitch. It’s a film that will remind us of the Hawaiian concept of Ohana, where people we develop close bonds with become part of our family.
There is no news yet regarding its casting or release.
More live adaptations to come
Of course, there are more remakes lined up for Disney. Rumor has it that there will be a live adaptation for Rose Red, Snow White’s sister, and Prince Charming which is also unsure if it’s the prince that fell in love with the Apple-eating princess or Cinderella. Hercules is also in the works, along with Peter Pan and Tink (based on Tinker Bell’s story) which is planned to be part of Disney’s streaming service.
Sony confirms ‘Horizon’ and ‘God of War’ shows are coming
And a Gran Turismo show
After years of terrible video game adaptations, the entertainment industry just can’t get enough of them in the past year or so. Shows and films based on popular video game titles are setting the world on fire. If Sony’s latest investor’s meeting is anything to go by, it looks like we’re not done with the genre. Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War are reportedly getting TV series soon.
Sony had a lot to say during its latest meeting. However, amid all the announcements, the general implication was simple enough to understand. The company wants to expand and grow its branches outside of console gaming. That plan includes adapting more of its exclusive properties into television.
Reported by analyst David Gibson on Twitter (via IGN), Sony has officially confirmed development for a Horizon series on Netflix, a God of War series on Amazon, and a currently untethered Gran Turismo series.
Unfortunately, the presentation did not reveal any other details for the upcoming shows. Plot and casting details are still an unknown.
All three titles, especially Horizon and God of War, are part of Sony’s prized possessions. An adaptation for any of these titles is huge. However, it’s always a hit. Most recently, Sony allowed an Uncharted film to show in theaters, and the response was… mixed. While the sheer number of video game adaptations are impressive, their quality is definitely all over the place for now.
Stranger Things 4: 4 Big Things To Expect
Every Ending Has Its New Beginning, Indeed
Writing this specific article makes me remember my early days in GadgetMatch where I wrote two special articles about Stranger Things 3 — especially because I’m the biggest fan in the team (been a fan since Season 1).
After almost three years of (patiently) waiting, we’ll finally be able to watch Stranger Things 4 on our screens again!
Special Screening in Cinema 11
Seven days before the actual release of Stranger Things 4: Volume 1, Netflix Philippines invited us for a special screening of its first episode — right at Power Planet Mall’s last cinema booth, Cinema 11 (y’know, Eleven 🥁).
The littlest set details outside the cinema made me cherish the good ol’ days of the First Season of Stranger Things from 2016. From those bright neon lights, a retro-styled photobooth, and ST4-branded popcorn box, soda cup. Even the “swag set” full of ST4 goodies that imitated the look of the spooky creel house, This also reminded me of how the series (as well as the fanbase) expanded entirely until it became a hit globally.
Although I went there all by myself, I still enjoyed every bit of the screening. To best describe everything, here’s my Instagram Reel roundup of it:
4 big things to expect
After watching the first episode of Stranger Things 4: Volume 1 for about an hour and fifteen minutes, there are four things I think we should expect in the series.
1. Out with the old, in with the new?
After the devastating phenomenon that happened in Hawkins last season, several characters have moved into a new town. The Byers, together with El(even) in mind. That also means Will and El have to deal with a new set of people in a seemingly unfamiliar environment.
Other characters have remained in the OG town, though. From the Wheelers, Sinclairs, Dustin, Joe, Robin, and even Max, they have continued with their lives despite being stuck in the same ol’ town. And oh, as the gang turned from kids to teens, do expect some dramatic changes in the way they act — especially after what happened.
P.S: There’s a new school club, too, that’s hilariously fun and cool despite its degrading image to the eyes of many.
2. Familiar and unfamiliar faces
Other than the remaining original cast from Season 1, a new season also means expecting new characters on the block. Apart from new schoolmates, there are also people that might help the initial set of kiddos who have saved Will from the darker underworld a.k.a the Upside Down.
The first few minutes of the episode was also revealed through Stranger Things’ YouTube channel showing how the Hawkins Laboratory had more than 11 Eleven-like superchildren that are being tested and experimented — until everything fell apart because of one superchild that ruined how things work inside the lab.
3. Jim isn’t dead
Jim Hopper’s sudden disappearance after the closing of the Upside Down had a lot of fans shaking their heads. Most (including myself) have speculated that he already died. Well, we can’t afford losing one more main character after the death of Bob from Season 2. Plus, Billy and Alexei just last season.
Fortunately, Jim, in his new haircut, appeared on the official trailer of Stranger Things 4. And just as shown in the first episode of the first volume, his presence can be felt — just from another side of the planet.
4. Another monster to kill
The Demogorgon and Mind Flayer are two of the most wicked supervillains ever existed. Whether that may be in the history of Hawkins or just in the eyes of people.
But the two evil creatures aren’t the end of the gang’s fate. A new town means there’s a new monster, too.
As shown at the end of the official trailer, the new horrendous creature is in human form. It can manipulate the mind of the affected individual — even the dimension where s/he’s at. While I won’t be specific about what happened, it sure is a powerful, demonic creature. It can truly make someone disturbingly psychotic and literally broken inside and out.
Biggest season ever with super-sized episodes
After watching the first episode of the first volume, I can say it was a rollercoaster ride of emotions. First it was thrilling, then it became a full-on comedy show. Next thing you know, you’re already mindf*cked with what’s happening. I always say this but still, hands-down to the team behind Stranger Things for making the fourth season more exciting to watch (despite being borderline creepy and horrifying).
The First Volume of Stranger Things Season 4 will be released only on Netflix on May 27, 2022 (Friday) with seven episodes. Most episodes are reported to be as long as a full-length film.
On the other hand, Volume 2 with a whopping total of nine episodes will be released after two months: exactly July 1st — just four days before the independence of the United States of America.
Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers
People are switching
The Netflix revolution was indeed televised. However, after enjoying years of success as the streaming platform of choice, a lot of users are now leaving Netflix for greener pastures. Over the past few months, the company has struggled to patch its failures. A recently released data report does confirm that the platform has a right to worry. More and more long-term subscribers are reportedly cutting their subscriptions short.
According to The Information, around 13 percent of Netflix cancelers in the past quarter are from accounts that have been with the platform for over three years. The data, which was reportedly obtained from Antenna, pegs cancelations at around 3.6 million Americans, a big increase from the 2.5 million of the past five quarters.
Though 13 percent isn’t exactly a giant figure, it’s still a blow to Netflix’s empire. While streaming platform rightly focus on gaining new subscribers, losing the loyalty of long-term users isn’t something to shrug off.
Since announcing lost expectations, Netflix announced ways to save on costs and retain its subscribers. Other methods include canceling projects, opening a games division, and potentially charging users more for account sharing. Naturally, not every plan hits users the same way.
In the meantime, other platforms — like Disney+, HBO, and Hulu — are attracting more users with more varied and exclusive content. Regardless, Netflix is skidding down a slope. Only time will tell whether its latest strategies will stave off more losses.
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