Another Disney classic will be given a new life.
On Friday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Disney will be remaking Bambi into a live-action film. Similar to The Lion King and The Jungle Book, Disney will use CG technology to create an immersive nature experience.
The original Bambi was first released in 1942. The film is a coming of age story about a young fawn named Bambi and his two friends—a rabbit named Thumper and a skunk named Flower. Although it received three Oscar nominations, fans' fondness for the film has grown over time. The new take on Bambi will be written by Captain Marvel's Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Chaos Walking's Lindsey Beer. According to THR, Disney, Robertson-Dworet, and Beer understand that Bambi is "less epic in scope and story" than the other movies that have been remade into live-action films so they aren't looking to force a new direction into the narrative.
Live-action remakes have proved to be fruitful for Disney Studios. Both 2019's Aladdin and The Lion King grossed over $1 billion worldwide. This has prompted Disney to reimagine other classic stories. Along with Bambi, Pinocchio is also set to get the live-action treatment as well. It will be directed by Robert Zemeckis. The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey will hit production as well as David Lowery's version of Peter Pan, titled Peter and Wendy.
Robertson-Dworet and Beer are in high demand. In addition to teaming up for Bambi, the duo will also work as writers for Universal's female-led Fast & Furious spinoff. Robertson-Dworet also wrote on Fox/Disney's Andy Weir adaptation Artemis while Beer worked on Warner Bros.' upcoming Hello Kitty film.