Disney Takes Aim At Bambi Live-Action Remake


by James White |
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Having seen the cash registers ringing for The Lion King, it's not surprising that Disney would keep raiding its animated back catalogue for "live-action" (even if that doesn't truly apply in King's case). Following rumours late last year, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the Mouse House is preparing a new version of Bambi.

The story follows a young deer who loses his mother to a hunter's shot and has to learn his place in the forest. With his best pals (rabbit Thumper and skunk Flower), he deals with the challenges of growing up. The 1942 original was nominated for three Oscars.

Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) and Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking) are on board to write the script (please hold your jokes about copying and pasting from the original), with Chris and Paul Weitz on to produce the film.

In related news (especially in terms of Chris Weitz and Disney), Robert Zemeckis has officially sealed his deal to co-write and direct the company's fresh take on Pinocchio, Weitz is producing and will work on the script with the director, having contributed to the most recent draft with Simon Farnaby.

Zemeckis is putting to the finishing touches to Roald Dahl adaptation The Witches for Warner Bros., which will arrive in the UK on 16 October.

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