8 upcoming Disney remakes you need to watch out for

Let’s relive our childhood favorites!



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.


Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom first trailer revealed

Black Manta is stronger than ever



The trailer for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the much-anticipated sequel to Aquaman, has finally been revealed.

Watch the trailer.

The 15th and final installment of the DCEU before the so-called “soft reboot” will hit cinemas starting December 20.

The film stars Jason Momoa as the titular superhero, along with Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman.

James Wan returns as the movie’s director, who is hoping to impress the audience with a successful follow-up to DC film’s highest-grossing title of all time.

In the trailer, Momoa’s character is introduced as both the King of Atlantis and a family man who juggles his responsibilities as both a father and the ruler of his kingdom.

Black Manta, played by Mateen II, returns with an even more formidable version of himself as he wields the power of the mythic Black Trident.

In order to defeat him, Aquaman must team up with his imprisoned brother Orm. In the first movie, it can be recalled that Orm had wanted to become the Ocean Master, but later surrendered that ambition to let Aquaman rule Atlantis.

Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family and the world from irreversible destruction. 

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ONE PIECE (Netflix) confirmed for Season 2

Announced by Eiichiro Oda




After the overwhelmingly positive response to the ONE PIECE (Netflix) Live Action adaptation, no less than franchise creator Eiichiro Oda has confirmed that there will be a Season 2.

We’re going to see more of Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Zanji. This time, perhaps with more additions to the Straw Hat crew. Eiichiro Oda confirmed the Season 2 announcement in a video.


Celebrating with Mugiwaras all over the world because Oda-Sensei has a special message 🏴‍☠️👑 #ONEPIECENetflix #ONEPIECELiveAction #EiichiroOda #Manga

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“To the Straw Hat Grand Fleet: What did you think of Season 1 of the live-action ONE PIECE? I spent a long time working on it with Netflix and Tomorrow Studios. It seems people around the world have been enjoying the show, which makes the hard work from the production team truly worth it.

To everyone who’s been a fan of ONE PIECE for years, and to those who experienced ONE PIECE for the first time, thank you so much.

Two weeks after the launch, I just received some great news. Netflix has decided to renew the show! The adventures of Iñaki and the live-action Straw Hats will continue onward!

It’ll still take a while to get the scripts ready, so please be patient.

From here on, it seems to me the Straw Hats will need a great doctor… We will see!”

6 Seasons?

In a Deadline interview published earlier than the Season 2 confirmation, One Piece (Netflix) Producers even mentioned that they have up to at least six seasons planned. But of course, everything has to be done in concert with Oda to hopefully maintain and even be grander than the first season.

Number one on Netflix

Since its release, ONE PIECE has been the #1 title globally on Netflix with 37.8 Million views amassed in less than two weeks. The series reached the Top 10 in 93 countries, and debuted at #1 in 46.

The live action adaptation earned a high audience score of 96% from 10,000+ ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, and is currently among Netflix’s highest audiences scores ever.

The show also became a social media sensation with more than 4 billion search impressions for #onepiecenetflix on TikTok alone, and continues to generate buzz and trend globally across social platforms. The cast has also experienced a boom in their social media, adding millions to their followers over the last couple of months.

SEE ALSO: Fan or not, you should watch Netflix’s ONE PIECE

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Fan or not, you should watch Netflix’s ONE PIECE

This is how live-action anime adaptions should be done



Spoiler Warning: If you haven’t seen Netflix’s ONE PIECE, please read with caution.

I’ve always loved Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece since I was a sprite-like hooman. I grew up excited every morning to watch Luffy’s adventures before I played Pokémon on my Game Boy Color. Millennials, where you at?

Even growing up, I kept tabs on One Piece‘s story by catching up on the manga and watching the animé. I still preach to people to find the time to keep up with the 1000+ episodes and chapters.

So when Netflix announced the live adaptation of the beloved manga, my friends and I were a bit excited and scared. Live-action adaptations tend to suck, let’s be real about it.

Sometimes, we just want our favorite series to remain faithful to the story we’ve always known. The only thing that pacified us was knowing that Eiichiro Oda also had his hands in producing the series.

Before I get nitpicky, I’d say showrunners Matt Owens and Steven Maeda did a good job. As a creative director, I believe that turning a fantasy series with lore-heavy two-dimensional characters into life-like films is quite an onerous challenge to pull off.

Bringing the characters to life

Having Oda all aboard the production of his beloved manga is a good chess move that prevented this adaptation from flunking like other Netflix’s live-action films.

They were able to give justice to the portrayal of characters, starring an ensemble cast starting with Iñaki Godoy to depict Straw Hat Monkey D. Luffy. A naive, optimistic young man who dreams of becoming the next Pirate King.

Godoy had the approval of Oda when he was cast. This surprised a lot of fans knowing that Luffy was the most difficult character to portray. After all, he’s an excessively smiling freak who looks dumb and thinks with his stomach. (And sometimes, with his heart).

Roronoa Zoro was also perfectly captured, and I say this as a Zoro-stan, Mackenyu is the perfect actor for the role. The Japanese actor is a heartthrob who stole the show, exuding the cool, nonchalant yet mysterious vibe that Roronoa Zoro exhibits even in the original series.

Jacob Romero Gibson portrayed Usopp, a pathological liar and sharpshooter, and Taz Skylar looked hot portraying the ever-handsome and gentlemanly yet foul-mouthed cook Sanji.

Emily Rudd, for me, has the most challenging role. She’s portraying Nami, the Straw Hat’s navigator and treasurer. It was a critical role since Nami’s story which ended in the East Blue saga was how most One Piece‘s fans fell in love with the series.

Rudd captured the cynical, frigid personality of Nami yet she failed to show the right emotions that would pull strings on the audience’s hearts. Some friends believe they still gave justice to that one particular, emotional scene in the last episode. However, I digress. I believe it lacked gravity in portraying how severe the situation is.

Getting it right

What I liked about Netflix’s ONE PIECE is how it brought to life the story I grew up with. While fans have expressed dismay long before the series even aired, I loved that the adaptation felt like a bridge between new and old fans, and people who have yet to discover the wonder of One Piece.

Visual effects are heavy, especially for a fantasy series. When my friends and I were watching it after our game night, I saw the complete astonishment in their faces when Luffy stretched his arms. Sticking to the magic of a manga/animé can be quite tricky, but Netflix pulled it off.

There was so much effort put into recreating the places, scenes, and overall vibe to remain faithful to the story. The first season tackled the first saga, which was the formation of Straw Hat Pirates in East Blue.

It was evident what Netflix’s ONE PIECE was all about. The series is being put out to reach a wider audience to be charmed by the story and its characters.

It felt short, though. The East Blue Saga in the anime covered 40+ episodes, which was shrunk to fit into eight episodes for the first season. Each arc was covered for at least two episodes each, diving into different narratives of each Straw Hat pirate member.

The good, the bad, and the crispy

Regardless of the pacing, Netflix highlighted all the important details of the story. Although, they removed some of the chuckles, constant annoyance, and witty banter between members.

I think that’s what got lost in translation. The bond they created while sailing together contributed to the emotional attachment between the characters and the viewers.

We know what they went through, what they’re going through, and how they all got entangled with each other’s lives. It’s true that they have each other’s back, teaching us the complexities of friendship — both in the anime and the adaptation.

As a fan, it was disappointing to see the lack of intensity in scenes that would cause you to break into tears. I did get goosebumps from certain lines and hearing the music accompaniment, though. But I was really looking for that tug in my heart that made me obsessed with this series for the past two decades.

Nevertheless, Netflix’s ONE PIECE is a show that can be enjoyed by ~literally~ anyone. Die-hard fans may keep on nitpicking and gatekeeping their beloved show, but this live-action series is a magnificent adaptation worthy of watching.

Go after your dreams

The story may have been all about being a pirate and clashing with the Marines, but only if you’ve seen the surface. Just like the oceans they cross, the series is quite deep. It tackles life, dreams, hope, survival, fear, and of course, friendship.

It’s what made me fall in love with the story; the highs and lows of the raging seas they travel on and the adventures of not knowing what’s next.

One Piece, both as a manga, anime, and live adaptation, pushes its audience to be spontaneous and go after their dreams. The Straw Hat pirates are a reminder that even when the odds aren’t in your favor, you’ll always find a breakthrough.

Even if you feel like your dreams are hard to reach, there are people who will stand by you. One day, you’ll find your own crew and you’ll get to be who you want to be.

Netflix, in a way, pursued its dream to finally create a live-action adaptation that gets it right. It’s surreal, magnificent, and wonderful in all aspects albeit with some hiccups that can be overlooked.

After all, it’s an enjoyable watch. It’s far from being a masterpiece, but it’s an example of how production companies should do live adaptations.

Just like in One Piece, it’s not just a new era of Pirates. It’s a new era of live adaptations, and Netflix has already set sail.

ONE PIECE is now streaming on Netflix.

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