Fans of the 1955 animated Disney classic, Lady & The Tramp, will be happy to hear that the property is next in line to be adapted as a live-action adventure after Aladdin and The Lion King. The animated feature film follows the spoilt and upper-class Lady after she loses her home when her owners welcome a new baby into the house. Forced to live on the streets Lady comes across a streetwise mutt called Tramp and his canine friends who help her to find her way back home.
It is rumoured that the film will not have a theatrical debut but will instead skip cinemas and go straight to Disney’s new streaming service. The so far unnamed service is set to rival the likes of Netflix and Amazon and will arrive with all of Disney’s content as well as exclusive tv shows and movies, including a Star Wars TV show.
So far no casting announcements have been made although Disney did reveal it’s found a director for the upcoming movie. They have hired Charlie Bean, the man behind the Lego Ninjago Movie, to direct the live action remake. The Lego Ninjago Movie was not… very well received by critics, scoring just 54% on Rotten Tomatoes compared to the much better received The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie, so it’ll be interesting to see if Charlie Bean really is the right man for the job. Especially when other live action adaptations have done so much better.
Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book sits at a nice 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, while The Beauty and The Beast scored 71%. So Charlie Bean has a high standard to reach, and with The Lady and The Tramp going straight to streaming services it kind of looks like this might not be made with the same love and attention some of the others have. And boy, have fans picked up on the warning signs. Many have gone online to express their concerns about the film although one question keeps coming up again and again.
Are the dogs going to be live action, or CGI? Many people online express the desire to see live action dogs although that’s hardly going to be an easy film to direct if the makers stick with real canines. Almost no one, however, wants to see CGI dogs up on screen, so we guess it’s a matter of time to see which approach will be taken.