Disney is now in active development on a live-action adaptation of the The Aristocats. Yes, the cute animated adventure film centered around five cats is the studios next endeavor on turning its animated films into live-action cash machines.
According to Deadline, Will Gluck (Peter Rabbit) and Keith Bunin (Onward) will pen the script, with Gluck producing through his Olive Bridge Entertainment banner.
As of this report, it is unknown if the project, which is still in early development is being developed for a theatrical release or being developed as a Disney+ exclusive. Though, sources close to the trade say the film will be developed in the same vein as the Disney+ live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp, which debuted when the streamer launched in 2019.
Released in 1970, The Aristocats follows a retired opera singer who leaves her inheritance to her cat, Duchess (Eva Gabor), and three kittens, the woman’s butler drugs the cats and abandons them in the countryside in order to inherit the fortune himself. Lost in unfamiliar territory, Duchess and the kittens meet Thomas O’Malley (Phil Harris), an alley cat willing to help them return to their home in Paris. They meet several kooky characters along the way, including two English geese and an alley cat jazz band.
In 2005, Disneytoon Studios originally planned to make a follow-up to the film. Originally intended to be a 2D animated feature, Disney executives decided to produce the film in computer animation in order to garner more interest. Additionally, the story was meant to center around Marie, Duchess’s daughter, who becomes smitten by another kitten aboard a luxury cruise ship. However, she and her family must soon take on a jewel thief on the open seas. The project was cancelled when John Lasseter was named Disney’s new chief creative officer, in which he called off all future sequels Disneytoon had planned and instead make original productions or spin-offs.