It's a tale as old as time: The movie studio discovers a winning formula for box-office success, carefully plans a slate of similar follow-ups, and then watches the money roll in. With the runaway success of Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast -- it's already grossed more than $900 million across the globe -- and the impressive returns of The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Maleficent, and Alice in Wonderland, the house that Mickey built is gearing up for a full terraforming of your childhood memories. Prepare your tear ducts accordingly.
Disney isn't just sticking to cartoon remakes, either: In December 2018, the studio will release Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to 1964's Mary Poppins starring Emily Blunt in the title role, with sequels to Maleficent and The Jungle Book reportedly in the works. There are also movies based on theme-park rides like Tower of Terror and It's a Small World in various stages of development. No piece of intellectual property will go unconverted.
Once the company finishes pillorying its own back catalog, we'll probably be staring down a release calendar stacked with live-action takes on recent computer-animated hits like Frozen, Moana, and Big Hero Six. But, until that happens, keep your eyes peeled for these special-effects-heavy, movie star-stacked versions of the 2D classics you know and love.