Disney Plans Next Live-Action Film ‘Rapunzel’


Disney is not yet hitting the pause button on its live-action remakes. Following the success of “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Lion King,” and with “Mulan” set to debut this year, the House of Mouse is reportedly planning its next project: “Rapunzel.”

According to DisInsider, Ashleigh Powell has been tapped the write the script of the live-action “Rapunzel” while Michael De Luca will produce the film alongside Kristin Burr. The latter is incidentally producing the live-action “Cruella” which stars Emma Stone.

Disney is said to be looking for a director for “Rapunzel.” The film is set for a theatrical release and won’t be exclusive to its streaming platform, Disney Plus. Disney had the live-action remake of “Lady and the Tramp” for its streaming studio. The film was released in November 2019.

It’s unclear, for now, if the “Rapunzel” remake will follow the story in the “Tangled” franchise, which spawned several short films like “Tangled Ever After” and “Tangled Before Ever After,” as well as the current series.

“Rapunzel” is based on the fairy tale story from the Brothers Grimm which depicts a young woman with very long hair who is trapped in a tower. The witch who cares for her uses her hair as the only way into the tower. One day, a man discovers the tower and befriends Rapunzel.

This early, Disney fans are already predicting who should star in the live-action version of “Rapunzel.” Names like Florence Pugh, Emily Bett Rickards, Amanda Seyfried and even Taylor Swift have cropped up while Tom Holland is the favorite to play as Flynn.

The animated movie “Tangled” was hit in theaters in its release in 2010. Featuring the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, the movie made over $590 million at the box office worldwide. It’s deemed as the most successful animated film after 1994’s “The Lion King.”

Meanwhile, Disney has several other live-action remakes in the pipeline, such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Peter Pan & Wendy,” “Lilo & Stitch,” “Bambi” and “Pinocchio.”