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.
Shopee’s 10.10 K-Pop performer is ITZY
Following sister group TWICE’s footsteps
Shopee is on a roll. After securing performances from K-Pop supergroup TWICE, the online shopping company has also secured performances from K-Pop 4th Gen superstars ITZY. The group is set to perform on their 10.10 Brand Festival Shopee live.
Shopee has yet to reveal what else they have in store for 10.10. But what we can expect for sure is another generous round of vouchers and giveaways.
ITZY is a five-member girl group featuring Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. The group debuted with the song “Dalla Dalla”. In 2020, they launched the shoulder dance craze with their comeback “Wannabe”. On September 24, the group will release their first full album called Crazy In-Love with the title track “Loco”.
Early Shopee Christmas
In the Philippines, Shopee is already kickstarting its Christmas campaign. They are welcoming the holidays essentially the voice and face of Christmas in the country — Jose Mari Chan. Shoppers can catch the singer-songwriter on holiday-themed in-app games such as Shopee Catch and Shopee Collectibles from September to December.
The singer-songwriter will also give out treats via ShopeePay come December. He’s doing it along with other celebrities and influencers. Look for ShopeePay Celebrity Pamasko on your homepage and play the game to receive ShopeePay credits.
You can activate your ShopeePay wallet by clicking on the ShopeePay wallet bar, entering your personal information and OTP, and creating and confirming your ShopeePay PIN.
Netflix, WWE announces interactive film Escape The Undertaker
Premiering in October
Since the release of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Netflix has invested more and more in interactive content. In fact, besides its growing library of interactive content, the company is also working on its own video games for the future. Amid the rise of interactive content, Netflix is also working on a new collaboration to bolster its library. Netflix and WWE are releasing an interactive movie featuring The Undertaker.
Escape The Undertaker is an interactive Halloween film from both WWE Studios and Netflix. As the title indicates, the film stars Mark Calloway, otherwise known for his in-ring persona The Undertaker. Viewers have to guide the members of The New Day, a faction consisting of WWE stars Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods, to… well, escape The Undertaker. The fearsome legend invited The New Day to his mansion. Unbeknownst to the trio, The Undertaker’s mansion is filled with traps which The New Day have to escape from.
WWE Studios is no stranger to cinematic experiences. Before the age of Netflix, WWE produced and released action and horror films featuring their superstars including Steve Austin, John Cena, and Kane. In recent history, the company’s more creative arm got a breath of fresh air with last year’s cinematic matches. Because of the pandemic, WWE held more cinematic matches to compensate for the pandemic’s limitations. Coincidentally, one of those matches also included The Undertaker’s final match before retiring.
Escape The Undertaker premiers on Netflix on October 5.
JMGO launches JMGO U2, an IMAX-like projector for your home
Already available for your home theater
The seemingly endless pandemic has forced us back into our homes. Though cinemas are already starting to open up, home theaters are still the safest way to enjoy movies, new and old, without sitting around everyone else. Home projectors are naturally making a huge comeback. Fresh off a recent projector launch, JMGO is already releasing its next home projector, the JMGO U2, an IMAX experience for your home.
Touted as a projector that can outperform IMAX theaters, the JMGO U2 can project a 100-inch screen from just 9.44 inches away. Using a tri-chroma laser engine, the projector can deliver crystal clear images from the comforts of your own home. It offers better quality than standard TV sets these days.
Two built-in speakers and two tweeter speakers complement the projector’s image quality. Both can provide surround sound without the need for external speakers.
For extended viewing periods, the U2 has a blue light filter and an eye protection mode to save your eyes while watching in the dark, especially if viewers get too close. Plus, if viewers are close, the projector operates at less than 28 decibels. It also has smart temperature control to regulate how hard the fans will work.
Inside, the projector comes installed with the Android-based Luna OS. The software offers good features for users including previewing different sources.
The JMGO U2 is available at an early bird rate of US$ 1,799 for a limited time, with more announcements to be posted on its Facebook Group. Afterwards, it will retail for US$ 2,099. It can also come with an ambient light rejecting screen bundled at US$ 2,628. Buyers will also get a free one-year warranty and can avail of an additional year for US$ 217.
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