Say whaaat!? Pete's Dragon is getting a live-action remake! Holy childhood, Batman! The highly underrated Disney tale of a 'lil orphan named Pete and his INVISIBLE (not imaginary, because he's SO real) dragon best friend is getting a modern update. According to The Wrap, Wes Bentley has just been cast in the upcoming feature, which also stars Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard. Unlike the 1977 original, the new Pete's Dragon won't be a musical. However you can still expect dead parents and loggers threatening the forrest that the dragon lives in because y'know...Disney.
Pete's Dragon is just one of the highly underrated features in the Disney canon. Sure, I grew up loving The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, but Pete's Dragon, along with these seven other Disney underdogs totally stole my heart. Take a look at the fellow lesser-known classics that deserve a modern day live-action update.
Cats in bowties. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? One is definitely going to be voiced by Tom Hiddleston.
Could there be a more poignant time in our modern history to get the band of UN do-gooder mice back together? I THINK NOT.
'The Black Cauldron'
Oh so we can do it for Malefecent but we can’t do it for the Horned King? TOSH! Also, if a raccoon can be a vehicle for massive success a la Guardians of the Galaxy, who says a wee pig can’t do the same? It also have some genuinely terrifying characters who would make for a perfect updated Halloween fright fest.
'The Great Mouse Detective'
I have one word for you: Sherlock. Also, it’s a mouse so you could totally do some gender-blind casting here. Just saying.
'The Emperor's New Clothes'
It’s the 30 Rock of Disney movies — Quick-witted and adored fiercely by its fans…just not by the masses. A raise of hands who wouldn’t want to see Aziz Ansari as the Emperor? YEAH EXACTLY.
'The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad'
If you don’t like the combination of a stately, yet sassy frog and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, then you can just get out of here.
'Oliver and Company'
It’s like RENT, but with dogs.