These Upcoming Movies Will Have '90s Kids Freaking Out
We're living in a truly golden time, a time in which Hollywood has seen fit to reboot, remake, and revive everything in sight. Sure, some are misses, but there are some planned reboots that will definitely be hits. Take, for example, all of the planned '90s movie reboots. Disney has cornered the remake market, especially in regards to its animated classics like The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and 101 Dalmatians. Their animation-to-live-action formula is expected to translate into box office gold when they bring back a certain street urchin with a genie for a BFF, as well as a young Chinese warrior seeking to honor her family in the near future.
But Disney's not the only one jonesing for the '90s glory days. While television is looking to bring hot commodities like Will & Grace and Charmed back to the small screen, some TV shows are going right to the silver screen, like Baywatch. You also have plenty of '90s movies stars who are still managing to fill theaters thanks to their exciting work. I daresay you'll see a few familiar faces on this list that have made a film or two in their time that you love.
The Guy-Ritchie-directed remake is placing an emphasis on casting actors of Middle Eastern origin, a heartening aspect of this new Aladdin's development process. There's also the anticipation that, much like he's done with the world of King Arthur in the upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Ritchie will give a grittier feel to his version of Aladdin.
It may nix the musical elements, but Mulan is the current apple of our reboot eye because it is placing an emphasis on its feminist hero. In a recent interview, director Niki Caro relayed that "the story is offering such scope to me for [an] incredible, muscular piece of girly martial arts extravaganza in China," indicating that Mulan has the potential to pack a feminist punch into its newest iteration.
Despite the fact that there's been a bit of a hubbub around Karen Gillan's Jumanji costume, the movie is already in post-production. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson contends that this is not a reboot, but rather a continuation of the original Jumanji story, and fans of the original are tentatively curious to see what awaits them.
4. Space Jam
The same way 1996's Space Jam was a vehicle for Michael Jordan, it looks like the Space Jam sequel will serve as a showcase for LeBron James. Developments have been relatively thin since James' involvement was announced in May 2016, but the excitement for this sequel is very real.
In case you haven't sensed the trend here, if you want to reboot a hot '90s property, you call on The Rock. He's in not one but two slated reboots (well, one reboot and one continuation) over the next year. Along with Jumanji, he will star alongside Zac Efron in Baywatch, a movie adaptation of the hit '90s show.
6. The Lion King
One of the most eagerly anticipated Disney remakes currently in production is The Lion King. With the recent announcements that The Lion King was adding Donald Glover and James Earl Jones to the cast list, this movie is destined to be king.
7. Tom Hanks In The Circle
What's the '90s without Forrest Gump or You've Got Mail? Certainly not a timeline I'd like to live in. Those films remain iconic because they feature the eternally-lovable Tom Hanks. Hanks is one '90s actor who has kept the steady stream of hit films coming. In 2017, he'll play a Jobs/Zuckerberg-esque Silicon Valley figure in The Circle.
8. Scarlett Johansson in Rough Night
Johansson has maintained a lively career since she made her film debut in 1994's North. In the '90s, she appeared in films like Manny & Lo, Home Alone 3, and The Horse Whisperer. While she's found success in both blockbusters and indie films, she'll have a career first in 2017 when she stars in her first female-led comedy, Rough Night.
9. Natalie Portman In Annihilation
Portman broke out in the '90s. Her first star-making role was in 1994's Leon: The Professional. Throughout the '90s, she starred in Heat, Everyone Says I Love You, Mars Attacks!, and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Oh, she's also an Oscar winner. No biggie. Later this year, Portman will star alongside fellow top actors of today Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, and Jennifer Jason Lee in Annihilation, a sci-fi thriller about a small team on a dangerous recon expedition.
10. Tom Cruise In The Mummy
Cruise may have gotten his big break in the '80s, but the landscape of '90s pop culture would be nothing with the Mission: Impossible franchise or Jerry Maguire, two of his biggest vehicles. Later this year, Cruise will star in a reboot of The Mummy, a 1930s monster movie series which was remade before with the Brendan-Fraser-starring trilogy which began in 1999.
Get ready for a big couple of years, '90s kids.