In addition to practically owning the world with their Marvel and Star Wars franchises, Walt Disney Studios has been on a fairly steady stream of live-action reimaginings or remakes of some of their most classic films over the past few years. Even yesterday, news broke of the studio’s choice to lead their new Mary Poppins sequel film, and with practically all of their endeavors paying off financially, the studio isn’t showing any signs of slowing down on this current trend.
So far, the reimaginings have been a bit of a mixed bag up until this point as well, with Kenneth Branagh’s gorgeous Cinderella last year, and this year’s live-action version of The Jungle Book continuing to look more and more spectacular with each new piece of footage and image released. On the other hand though, we’ve also gotten the abysmal Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland from this new movement as well.
Now, Disney has unveiled the first official poster and trailer image for their new, live-action update of the 1977 classic film Pete’s Dragon as well, and spoiler alert – it may or may not feature a big green dragon.
The studio also announced that the first trailer for the film will be making its premiere this Sunday during ABC’s broadcast of Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 at 8/7c, which will give audiences their first real look at the film. Directed by Ain’t Them Bodies Saints filmmaker David Lowery as well, the film does seem to continue an interesting and applaudable strategy that Disney has implemented with these last few projects by bringing in some incredibly talented artists behind the helm of their films, with Kenneth Branagh behind Cinderella and Jon Favreau doing The Jungle Book.
Shot in New Zealand, and will likely boast some incredible visuals, Pete’s Dragon follows Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliot, who by the way happens to be a dragon. Robert Redford meanwhiles play Mr. Meacham, an old wood carver who tells local children large stories about a dragon living inside the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, sees the stories as nothing more than nonsense, until she happens upon Pete, who tells her about his friend that sounds remarkably like her father’s fabled dragon. Out of all of Disney’s latest and upcoming live-action reimaginings (I’m starting to really detest that word) too, Pete’s Dragon seems like their most offbeat and intriguing yet.
Pete’s Dragon is set to hit theatres on August 12th.
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