When it comes to Disney movies in this day and age, a common complaint that you can hear echoing through the internet is to stop with the live-action remakes. It seems that the audience is craving more of that Disney creativity and less of the retelling of stories gone by. Quietly, I’ve been wondering if Disney fans are frustrated with the concept of live-action, or simply bored with the way that storytelling is carried out. On more than one occasion, Disney has tried to up the stakes a little, shaking up cast diversity and roles to attract a wider audience, but that doesn’t seem to be enough to entice Disney fans back to the stories they once loved.
If Disney insists on going down the live-action path, what we need is a completely different approach. Not just a simple change of skin color or an unexpected actor; I’m talking about a whole new aesthetic. Enter Baz Luhrmann. He is the creative genius behind movies like Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and The Great Gatsby, proving time and time again that his off-center approach to filmmaking can help audiences see the unseen. But what does Luhrmann have to do with Disney?
The word on the cloud-hosted street is that the Elvis director is the first choice to stand at the helm of Disney’s live-action Tangled. Industry insider Daniel Richtman has reportedly stated that Luhrmann is being pursued for the job, though there is no further word on the development. Would you like to see Baz Luhrmann’s take on the tale of Rapunzel shake up this live-action remake?
Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.
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