The trend of Disney’s animation to live-action remakes has been a financial success for the studio and the trend isn’t stopping anytime soon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Captain Marvel writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking) are set to write the screenplay for a live-action remake of Bambi.
Depth of Field, the production banner run by Chris and Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano and which is coming off the success of indie film The Farewell, will produce the new iteration. Depth of Field is also working on Disney’s live-action adaptation of Pinocchio being directed by Robert Zemeckis.
The trade reports that Bambi is viewed as a companion piece to films like The Jungle Book and The Lion King and is expected to use the same technology. Disney is cognizant that Bambi is less epic in scope and story and is not aiming to shoehorn a larger narrative onto the classic tale.
Other live-action remakes in the works include The Little Mermaid, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lilo & Stitch, Peter Pan & Wendy, amongst others on the drawing board.
Released in 1942, Walt Disney’s Bambi follows a young deer named Bambi joins his new friends, a rabbit named Thumper and a skunk named Flower, in exploring his forest home. As a boy, he learns from his doting mother and his father, The Great Prince of the Forest, that there are dangers in the open meadows where hunters can spot the animals, and he meets a beautiful young doe named Faline. As Bambi grows up, he learns that there is tragedy as well as beauty and joy in his forest world and on the path to adulthood.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter