Disney, which has recently stepped up the production of live-action versions of its classic films, such as Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Dumbo, will go one step further with the release of an original live-action fairy tale.
The film, Sadé, is about a “young African girl named Sadé whose kingdom is threatened by a mysterious evil force and accepts her newly discovered magical powers to protect her people,” according to Variety. “With the help of the kingdom’s prince, Sadé embarks on an adventure that will allow her to embrace what makes her special and save the kingdom.”
The film is being co-written by Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer, who pitched the idea to Disney. Meanwhile, Rick Famuyiwa, who directed HBO’s Confirmation, is set to produce the project. The film, however, still doesn’t have a director or a release date.
Next week, Disney will release the live-action film, Christopher Robin, which follows the residents of Hundred Acre Wood as they help Christopher Robin, the little boy from the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, played by Ewan McGregor, find his long-lost imagination.
The film seems to come on the heels of Disney’s incredibly successful Black Panther, which takes place in the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Black Panther grossed $1.35 billion worldwide and has become the third-highest performing domestic film of all time at $700 million, dispelling the myth that an all-black cast cannot draw audiences.
The 2017 live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, Starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the title characters along with Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, and Stanley Tucci, among others, grossed $1.264 billion. In just ten days, Beauty and the Beast became the highest-grossing live-action musical of all time, overtaking the original Mamma Mia!. It is also the second-biggest musical ever overall, after Disney's Frozen (2013).
According to Rotten Tomatoes, "With an enchanting cast, beautifully crafted songs, and a painterly eye for detail, Beauty and the Beast offers a faithful yet fresh retelling that honors its beloved source material."