Disney is continuing to develop live-action remakes of their animated films, and now, according to The Illuminerdi, Atlantis: The Lost Empire has entered development at the studio.
What I have personally heard on this project is that it has only been on the studios’ radar for the last couple of months, the project doesn’t have any writers or a director attached at this time, but the studio is looking to get a shortlist of names ready very soon. Any actors you see floating around the internet and social media should be ignored as casting isn’t close to being started at this time. The film is being eyed for a theatrical release, though it is early and things can change.
Disney has a ton of live-action remakes in various stages of development including, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Wendy, Lilo & Stitch, Hercules, Bambi, Snow White, and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. So adding Atlantis to their growing slate seemed inevitable.
The live-action remakes have been box office juggernauts for the studio grossing over a combined $5.4 billion worldwide.
Released in 2001, Atlantis: The Lost Empire follows an inexperienced young adventurer becomes the key to unraveling an ancient mystery when he joins up with a group of daredevil explorers to find the legendary lost empire of Atlantis. A naive-but-determined museum cartographer Milo Thatch dreams of completing the quest begun by his late grandfather, a famous explorer. When a journal surfaces, an eccentric billionaire funds an expedition, and the action shifts to high gear.
The film was directed Beauty and the Beast (1991) directing duo Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise and featured a stacked voice cast that includes Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, Cree Summer, James Garner, Jim Varney, and Jim Cummings. The film wasn’t a box office smash as it grossed $186 million worldwide on a $120 million production budget. The film did spawn a direct to DVD sequel in 2003 titled Milo’s Return.
Source: The Illuminerdi