Disney‘s new streaming service, Disney Plus, will offer exclusive original movies and TV shows hoping to bring subscribers to their service. It’s part of the company’s strategy to keep up with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, as well as Apple and Facebook – all of which are producing their own original content. However, what those companies lack is the Disney name and almost a hundred years of (beloved) IP.
Disney Plus’ price will cost less than a Netflix subscription because the site won’t have as much original content. It also will not include any Disney or 20th Century Fox-owned TV shows that currently air, such as ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, FOX’s The Gifted, and Hulu’s The Runaways. The Defenders shows will also keep their place on Netflix. However, anything new – both movies and TV shows – as well as anything that currently being controlled by another party will eventually stream on Disney Plus. It’s something that Disney wants to become an all-in-one hub for Disney content.
So what will be available on Disney Plus? New Disney movies for one. Starting in 2019, Disney will no longer release their films on Netflix. This means Captain Marvel, Frozen 2, The Lion King, and the rest of the massive list of Disney movies releasing in 2019 will be available in the future exclusively on Disney Plus. There will also be a catalog of over 8,000 ABC TV episodes available to stream. Here are all the original movies & TV shows that will be available on the Disney streaming site, Disney Plus.
LADY AND THE TRAMP
Disney is turning their classic 1955 animated film Lady and the Tramp into a live-action feature. The film will use a combination of live-action and CGI elements to tell the story of the puppy love between the well of American cocker spaniel, Lady, and the street mutt Tramp. Tessa Thompson will provide the voice for Lady while Justin Theroux will be Tramp. The cast also includes Kiersey Clemons as Darling and Thomas Mann as Jim Dear, Lady’s owners, Ashley Jensen as Jackie (who was Jock in the original), and Benedict Wong as the bulldog Bull. Charlie Bean (The LEGO Ninjago Movie) is directing the film with a script by Andrew Bujalski. Lady and the Tramp will not have a theatrical release, but will instead be one of the Disney Plus’ opening offers.
Magic Camp comes from a story by Steve Martin about a young magician named Andy (Adam Devine) who returns to the camp he attended as a child with hopes of invigorating his career. While there, he is inspired by the young rookie magicians. Gillian Jacobs plays Andy’s former partner and current rival, Christina, who is a successful magician. The film is directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) with a screenplay by Dan Gregor and Doug Mand. The film is finished and was slated for an April 2018 release, but was postponed and then later set to come out on Disney Plus. This may have something to do with Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Andy’s mentor and the owner of the Magic Camp in the film, and the sexual harassment allegations against him.
Noelle is an original Christmas movie from Disney about Santa’s daughter, Nicole, played by Anna Kendrick (the film was originally called Nicole). The comedy is centered around Nicole, who takes over her father’s business after he retires and her brother, played by Bill Hader, suffers an anxiety attack when faced with the enormity of the role. The cast also includes Shirley MaClaine, Billy Eichner, and Julie Hagerty. Noelle is being written and directed by Marc Lawrence (Miss Congeniality), and it was originally set for a November 2019 theatrical release but has since been moved to Disney Plus.
3 MEN AND A BABY
The original 3 Men and A Baby, starring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson, came out in 1987. The film revolves around these three bachelors and their misadventures trying to take care of a baby all while getting mixed up with some drug dealers. The comedy was a surprise hit and a sequel, 3 Men and a Little Lady, came out in 1990. Disney called the remake a “priority development project” when announcing Disney Plus. Since the announcement, however, no news has come out about the project.
FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Since its release in 1991 Father of the Bride has become known as a comedy classic. Starring Steve Martin, the movie tells the story of a father who is unwilling to let go of his daughter because he can’t accept the fact that she’s getting married. The film was already a remake of a 1950s film by the same name and now looks to be remade once more. Due to the film’s success, a sequel was released in 1995. There is no word yet on who will star in the new version of Father of the Bride.
HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS
Before Ant-Man played with size and perspective, there was Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. The 1989 movie starred Rick Moranis as a professor whose experiments keep causing problems with his family – namely shrinking his children (and in the third movie, himself). The comedies are full of sight gags and wacky adventures as the kids (and their parents) try to navigate the world while very small. The movie led to two sequels, a theme park ride in Walt Disney World, and a television show which ran from 1997-2000. Disney is potentially planning on remaking the film for Disney Plus.
THE PARENT TRAP
Another movie Disney is looking to reboot for Disney Plus is The Parent Trap, the story about twins of divorced parents who meet at summer camp, never knowing the other existed. Hijinx ensues as the twins switch places to meet their other parent – and play matchmaker. The Parent Trap first came out in 1961 and was remade by Disney in 1998, with Lindsay Lohan playing both twins. The remake was announced as part of a number of other properties Disney is interested in remaking for Disney Plus.
THE SWORD IN THE STONE
Another animated property Disney is planning on turning into a live-action film is The Sword in the Stone. The animated musical was released in 1963 and was the final film to be released before Walt Disney’s death. It tells the fantastical story of a young King Arthur and his training under the famed wizard Merlin. The live-action version will be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) with a script from Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones). Production started in September 2018, though no casting announcements have been made yet.
In 2016, Disney announced their intention to make an adaption of the famed Spanish novel Don Quixote. Written by Miguel de Cervantes, it tells the story of a lower-class man who comes to believe that he is a knight and sets off on an adventure. Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) is attached to write the screenplay. Disney described their version of the film as a “Pirates of the Caribbean style swashbuckling version of the story.” Indeed, Johnny Depp was even attached to Don Quixote in 2012 to play the titular character. However, no official casting announcements have been made for the project yet.
FLORA & ULYSSES
Flora & Ulysses is a novel written by Kate DiCamillo. It tells the story of a young, cynical girl named Flora who is dealing with her parents’ divorce when she saves a squirrel named Ulysses from a near-fatal accident with a vacuum cleaner. This event causes the squirrel to develop superpowers and he helps Flora through her difficult time. The book is being adapted by Disney into a film produced by Gil Netter (Life of Pi). Lena Khan will direct the project with a script by Brad Copeland (Ferdinand).
THE PAPER MAGICIANS
Unlike a lot of planned remakes, Disney acquired the rights to The Paper Magician trilogy written by Charlie N. Holmberg specifically for Disney Plus. The books center around Ceony Twill, a young girl attending a school of magic. In this world, magicians animate manmade material and Ceony must study paper magic, despite her dreams of working with metal. However, she must embrace her magic when an evil magician threatens her mentor’s life. Ashleigh Powell (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms) is writing the screenplay. There is no word yet if the movie will focus solely on the first book in the series or all three.
Stargirl is a young adult novel written by Jerry Spinelli. The book tells the story of a young, free-spirited girl who goes by the name Stargirl (not to be confused by DC Comics’ Stargirl, who is getting her own DC Universe TV show) who dresses eccentrically and is fond of acts of kindness, including playing the ukelele on classmate’s birthdays. Her actions make her unpopular in school, outside of her friend Leo. The adaptation is being written by Kristin Hahn, and YouTube singer/songwriter and America’s Got Talent season 11 winner Grace Vanderwaal will play Stargirl. Production began in September 2018 and wrapped in November 2018.
Timmy Failure is another book series Disney is adapting for Disney Plus. Written by Stephan Pastis, it tells the story of a young boy who believes he runs the best detective agency in town alongside his sidekick Rollo Tookus and a polar bear named Failure. Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) is in talks to write the screenplay alongside Pastis and direct. So far, the only person who has been cast is Ophelia Lovibond as Patty, Timmy’s mother.
Thanks to the 1995 animated movie, everyone knows the story of the heroic sled dog Balto. However, Balto wasn’t the only very good doggo who took part in the 1925 serum run to Nome, which provided life-saving medicine for the town infected by diphtheria. One of the unsung heroes is Togo, the dog who ran the first and longest leg of the journey, traveling over 170 miles in 3 days in temperatures that dropped to 30 degrees below zero. Disney is finally giving Togo his due, with a movie that will tell his story. Willem Dafoe is playing sled driver Leonhard Seppala who helps turn the unruly puppy into a lead dog. Ericson Core is directing from a script by Tom Flynn.