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Zack Allen, Staff Writer

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In 2015, Disney released the first of many live-action adaptations. The classic story that was first reimagined was Cinderella. Though the film only made $543 million, it still had a big profit considering its budget was only $100 million. However well the movie may have done it left me with a feeling that this was not for the love of the classic princess.

  This one film made way for new live action remakes, such as Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, which made $117 million in no time, gaining almost $1 billion world wide.

  Since The Jungle Book, the House of Mouse came out with the remake of Beauty and the Beast, which was subpar at best. However, while watching the film, I came to the realization that the classic cartoons, turned live-action, are not for the love of the properties, but for for the sole purpose of making money.

  In 2019, three live-action reimaginings will be hitting theatres. These will be, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Dumbo. Without a doubt, Disney will make a giant profit with these remakes. However, what I hear a lot from the people I talk to about these movies is that there is a lot of passion going into these films. While I do not doubt there is passion, I know it cannot be the sole reason.

  After looking at the profit from The Jungle Book, it seems clear why there is suddenly a huge increase in the production of these types of films. Do we need these movies? Not really. However the few original live-action movies Disney has made, such as Tomorrowland and A Wrinkle In Time, have been box office flops that got low ratings.

  So why take chances on new ideas when you can just play off of the classics that you know you will make a killing off of. To me it seems simple do what makes money, and Disney is doing just that. Not only are they going to do Aladdin but they also speak of Mulan, and frankly I do not want to see so many remakes in such a short amount of time.

  Personally I think Disney should just space out there remakes and their originals. If that was there, I believe there would be a good balance between new franchises and reimagined classics.

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Zack Allen, Staff Writer

Zack Allen is a Staff Writer for Smoke Signals and a junior at West High. On top of that, he is a member of Play Production and the Vice President of Film...

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