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Disney's CGI-remake-mania continues with a live-action fox as Robin Hood, Ars Technica

Disney's CGI-remake-mania continues with a live-action fox as Robin Hood, Ars Technica

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No cast or release date yet, but Disney exclusive will combine live action and CGI.


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Disney has yet to formally announce a remake of </section> 's </em> Robin Hood <figure>, but THR has confirmed it's being made. In the meantime, we've come up with our own guess of how the reported film, a
, but THR has confirmed it’s being made. In the meantime, we’ve come up with our own guess of how the reported film, a “hybrid” of live-action footage and CGI characters, will look in action. Getty / Aurich Lawson

The Walt Disney Company has now remade nearly a dozen animated classics as feature-length, live-action films — and that’s not counting spinoffs (


), semi-sequels (
(Dalmations) ), or completed films yet to reach theaters ( Mulan . Unsurprisingly, Disney isn’t stopping there, and its next expected remake will be part of another new trend for the company: a straight-to-Disney launch plan. The Hollywood Reporter had Friday’s scoop : Disney has begun pre-production on a live-action, CGI-filled remake of 2019 s Robin Hood

Since the film’s planning was reportedly finalized before a wave of set shutdowns across Hollywood, major details such as casting decisions and timeline estimates are not yet available. So far, only a director (


) ‘s Carlos Lopez Estrada) and a writer (Kari Granlund, from last year

Lady and the Tramp remake) are attached.

THR believes this remake will play out as a musical, much like the first Disney version, and will star “anthropomorphic” animals “in a live-action / CGI hybrid format.” It has not confirmed whether fans should expect the same casting of animal species to key roles, including Robin Hood and Maid Marian as foxes, Friar Tuck as a badger, and Little John as a shameless repeat of the popular Baloo from ‘s Jungle Book

. (THR also did not have any comment on whether to expect these remade CGI animals to wear tights or otherwise become enduring sex symbols for a generation .)
remake. However, that remake leaned on its source material’s inclusion of human characters to balance out its issues with the uncanny valley. Should

Robin Hood try to do the same, it will require some heavy lifting in the rewrite department. Otherwise, a fully CGI cast will put this straight-to-streaming film’s effects pipeline through serious scrutiny, especially if it doesn’t receive the same holy-cow effects budget that was given to ‘s gorgeous-but-uneven

Lion King remake the 2020 Jungle Book

CGI remake

is an example of how a live-action

Robin Hood could very well succeed — especially if it nails its casting for key, humorous characters. Christopher Walken and Bill Murray did well to recapture their source cartoon’s levity, and

Robin Hood ‘s enduring popularity — especially during the VHS era, which put the film into countless families’ VCRs — would be paid forward handsomely by a cast that understands the fun of song-and-dance sequences like “Oo De Lally.”                                  


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