Disney makes plans for 'Cinderella,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' and 'Jungle Book' live-action films - New York News

Disney makes plans for 'Cinderella,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' and 'Jungle Book' live-action films

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By: Megan Christensen, Deseret News

Disney fans will not be disappointed to learn that "Maleficent" isn't the only live-action film on the docket.

This year, Disney is working on live-action adaptations of "Cinderella," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Jungle Book."

Kenneth Branagh is directing "Cinderella," with Lily James from "Downton Abbey" as the protagonist, according to Screen Rant.

The film is scheduled to be released in March 2015, and meanwhile, Disney released a teaser trailer to tide the fans over.

Bill Condon, known for directing "Dreamgirls" and the last two movies in the "Twilight" saga, has agreed to direct "Beauty and the Beast," according to Variety.

Evan Spiliotopoulos is writing the script and Mandeville Films is producing.

Casting decisions have not been made for "Beauty and the Beast," but Idris Elba has agreed to assume the role of Shere Kahn in "The Jungle Book," according to The Independent.

Jon Favreau, director of "Elf" and "Iron Man," will direct "The Jungle Book," but he's not the only artist working on a version of the classic tale. Warner Bros. is also producing its own live-action adaptation, according to Total Film. Both films are set to be released next year.


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