Back in early 2020, reports surfaced that Disney would be giving Bambi the live-action remake treatment. Since then, news on the project has been very quiet, and with the Covid-19 pandemic shutting down Hollywood months later, Bambi appeared to be on hold, until now.
Buried in a story on writer Lindsey Beer over at Deadline, the trade revealed that Beer recently turned a draft for a remake of Bambi for Disney. Lindsey Beer has been attached to the project since the initial report alongside Captain Marvel writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who also turned in a draft to Disney.
What will a Bambi remake look like?
Disney’s Bambi remake 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 various stages of development at the studio include The Little Mermaid, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hercules, Lilo & Stitch, Tangled, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Robin Hood, and The Lion King prequel. Peter Pan & Wendy and Pinocchio are set to debut later this year on Disney+. Rumblings of spin-offs from Mulan and others are rumored.
Released in 1942, Walt Disney’s Bambi follows a young deer named Bambi who 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.