Puppy love is alive and well—literally and figuratively. Amidst continuing news about its Mulan, Aladdin, and The Lion King live-action remakes, Disney recently announced that a live-action version of 1955’s Lady and the Tramp is in the works. Charlie Bean, who helmed last year’s The Lego Ninjago Movie and worked on OG Cartoon Network show Dexter’s Laboratory, will direct the remake. Mumblecore trailblazer Andrew Bujalski will write (he starred alongside a young Greta Gerwig in Hannah Takes the Stairs) and Brigham Taylor will produce.
Taylor produced Disney’s 2016 remake of The Jungle Book which, like Lady and the Tramp and The Lion King, combines live-action footage and CGI effects. Taylor is also set to produce Jungle Book 2 and The Sword in the Stone, the latter of which will be released via Disney’s forthcoming streaming service. Lady and the Tramp will premiere on the streaming service (instead of coming out in theatres) as well, effectively crushing our dreams of watching Lady and Tramp’s infamous spaghetti scene on the big screen.
But on the bright side, both Lady and the Tramp and Disney’s streaming service are scheduled to debut sometime in 2019. And according to The Hollywood Reporter Disney plans to use the service to drop four to six new movies per year. In other words, news about even more live-action Disney remakes (and spin-offs like the upcoming Jon Favreau-directed Star Wars TV series) could be coming our way.
Remake and sequel updates always get us in the mood to speculate, and Lady and the Tramp is no exception. After Disney cast Donald Glover, Beyoncé, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in The Lion King, there’s no telling who they’ll get to star as the sophisticated Lady and the rough-around-the-edges Tramp (Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Bradley Cooper would be great picks, just saying).
We’re also hoping Disney manages to nab a few more A-list actors to play Lady and Tramp’s canine pals—and that they remove both the cruel and racially-insensitive Siamese cats and “The Siamese Cat Song” from the equation completely. They can keep “He’s a Tramp,” but we’d also be totally OK if The Greatest Showman’s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul continued their Disney reign by adding in a few new tunes of their own. Lady and the Tramp came out over 60 years ago, so it’s long overdue for an update.
We’ve got a ton of Disney content to look forward to before Lady and the Tramp drops in 2019 (Incredibles 2, Christopher Robin, and Mary Poppins Returns all come out this year) but we’ll keep an eye out for any surprise casting announcements or song releases that may come our way.