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Disney’s Prince of the Forest to Get the ‘Live-Action’ Treatment

1942 animated classic, ‘Bambi,’ set to become the studio’s latest photorealistic remake following the wild success of ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘The Lion King.’

A prince is born (again)! Disney is ripping yet another classic out of the vault for a “live-action” (photorealistic animation and CGI) remake, and this time it’s Bambi. Yes, everyone’s favorite 1942 film about childhood, friendship, and moms dying far too soon will soon look shiny and new. Disney’s announcement comes on the heels of the wild success of both The Jungle Book ($966 million global cume) and The Lion King ($1.65 billion global cume), which utilized similar technologies to grant the fabricated animals life-like realism. The film has the potential to be an interesting hybrid of CG and live-action, since human hunters play a pretty integral and heartbreaking part of the plot. Did you hear that? That wasn’t just a gunshot; it was the sound of a whole generation of children getting traumatized!

Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel, Tomb Raider) and Lindsey Beer (Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, Chaos Walking) will pen the script, with Chris and Paul Weitz to produce under the Depth of Field banner.

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