Disney's “Cinderella” returns to the big screen this weekend in an all-new live-action reboot of the classic animated movie. Starring Lily James as the kind princess in blue and Richard Madden as her prince, the flick co-stars Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother and Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother. The new cast brings audiences a remake that is both an homage to the 1950 animated original and its own unique spin on the beloved fairy tale. The new movie about the Disney Studio's second princess is one of many live-action adaptations the Mouse House has developed over the years, including reimagining its animated classics and bringing them to life in theme park attractions, as with "Pirates of the Carribbean" and "Tommorowland."
Audiences turned out in droves for the live-action adaptations of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Maleficent.” Many are probably counting down to next year’s “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson and the Sofia Coppola-directed version of “The Little Mermaid.” Other princess fans can’t wait to see what happens each week to the fairy tale characters in Storybrooke in TV's “Once Upon A Time,” and some very enthusiastic Disney princess fans have run in the Princess Half Marathon at the Disney theme parks.
So, who’s next in line to go to the big screen in a live-action adaptation? We chose the Disney princesses we’d most like to see get that treatment :
1. Snow White: The first Disney princess has yet to get a live-screen treatment by Disney even after so many years as a key part of the studio's animated canon. Perhaps the 1937 classic could be updated with Snow White as less of a damsel to be rescued and more of an active princess. Hey, they reimagined “Maleficent,” so why not Snow White?
2. Princess Tiana: In Disney’s adaptation of “The Princess and the Frog,” the classic fairy tale was transported to New Orleans and featured a strong-willed protagonist with ambitions of running her own restaurant -- no prince required. The setting and potential for creative costumes (her gorgeous gown, for instance) would be grand to see in a live-action reboot.
3. Mulan: Think of the action sequences! Although not officially a princess in her movie, fearless warrior Mulan is nonetheless counted as one by the company. Which hopefully means a live-action adaptation can bring “Mulan” back to the bring screen. I'd especially like a redux of Christina Aguilera’s song for the movie, “Reflections.”
4. Pocahontas: The historical figure already received a live-action Terrence Malik treatment, so it’s unlikely Disney would remake her story so soon. But the chieftain’s daughter with several animal friends served as the grown-up voice of reason in the midst of war. Perhaps expanding on her life and childhood pre-John Smith would be an excellent way to reintroduce the story to new audiences.
5. Jasmine: What was Jasmine’s story before Aladdin? What if she became the new protagonist in the live-action adaptation of “Aladdin.” Filmmakers would probably need to rework the title as they did with “Maleficent,” but it could very well be done. It would be also interesting if filmmakers gave more of a nod to Aladdin and Jasmine’s “1001 Arabian Nights” origins.
6. Merida: The rugged “Brave” princess brought a much-needed mother-daughter relationship to the Disney canon. Merida’s adventure would play against the scenic Scottish Highland, while showing off her archery skills (it’s not just Katniss!) and would involve bear cubs when her brothers eat the witch’s cursed treats.
7. Anna and Elsa: The pair of lovingly devoted sisters carried “Once Upon A Time” fans through a suspenseful season when they arrived in Storybrooke. I don’t doubt audiences would love to see more of the pair in any capacity, including the short playing in front of “Cinderella,” “Frozen Fever.”
8. Rapunzel: The “Tangled” story would be fun to see brought to life since Disney animators seemed to have such a good time with her character. In Disney’s version of the classic Grimm fairy tale, Rapunzel wore bright-purple dresses and had a pet chameleon before she meets a man who will change her life. Several other live-action adaptations have ditched the famous songs, but I'd root for keeping the lively soundtrack for a "Tangled" reboot.
“Cinderella” opens in theaters March 13.