2023 Is Full Of Reimagined Classics And Timeless Stories
Hollywood loves a good remake, and 2023’s film lineup proves nothing has changed. Some of this year’s most anticipated films are retellings based on celebrated films, plays, and books that have previously been adapted for the big screen. From Timothee Chalamet’s take on Willy Wonka to the musical version of The Color Purple! Be sure to check out these five popular remakes.
The novel Charlie and The Chocolate Factory gave rise to two incredible films, 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Now, 2023 gives us Wonka. The film is a prequel starring Timothee Chalamet as Willy Wonka (previously played by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp) — it follows Wonka’s early life, giving us a peek into the origins of the Wonka we know and love. Wonka was scheduled to hit theaters in March 2023, but Covid-related production delays have pushed it back. Wonka will now hit theaters on December 15, 2023.
The Little Mermaid
Disney’s latest remake, The Little Mermaid, was released on May 26. This live-action remake stars Halle Bailey, the first Black Disney princess to star in a live-action movie. It also stars Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian the crab, Jacom Tremblay as the fish named Flounder, and Awkwafina as Scuttle the seagull. The plot is no mystery — Ariel falls in love with Eric and makes a deal with Ursula by giving up her voice in exchange for becoming human — but rest assured that this live-action The Little Mermaid is more dazzling than ever.
Peter Pan & Wendy
Yet another Disney live-action remake, Peter Pan & Wendy offers a fresh take on 1953’s animated-hit Peter Pan (based on J.M. Barrie’s novel Peter Pan). The official Disney+ synopsis states: “Peter Pan & Wendy introduces Wendy Darling, a young girl afraid to leave her childhood home behind, who meets Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to grow up. Alongside her brothers and a tiny fairy, Tinker Bell, she travels with Peter to the magical world of Neverland. There, she encounters an evil pirate captain, Captain Hook, and embarks on a thrilling and dangerous adventure that will change her life forever.” The film focuses more heavily on Wendy and reportedly features more diversity among the cast, including girls among the Lost Boys. It is available to stream now on Disney+.
Olivier Masset-Depasse directed the Belgian film Duelles, released in 2018. The filmmaker is now set to direct his 2023 remake, Mother’s Instinct. Mother’s Instinct is a 1960s psychological thriller centered around Alice and Celine, suburban mothers whose domestic paradise comes crashing down after a devastating incident. The film’s official synopsis states, “Guilt, suspicion, and paranoia bleed into their friendship as the dark sides of a psychological battle of wills gives way to a darker side of the maternal instinct.” Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain will star as Alice and Celine (and are also set to produce the film).
The Color Purple
Last but most certainly not least, yet another The Color Purple will hit the theaters on December 20, 2023. The Color Purple began as Alice Walker’s critically acclaimed novel in 1982 and became a film in 1995. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg, the film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards. In 2005, The Color Purple became a Broadway musical nominated for eleven Tony awards. It returned to the theater in 2015. The upcoming film will be a musical based on the original 2005 hit Broadway show. Fantasia Barrino-Taylor, Danielle Brooks, Taraji P. Henson, Colman Domingo, Halle Bailey, Ciara, Corey Hawkins, Louis Gosset Jr., H.E.R., and David Alan Grier will star.
The Color Purple 2023 Warner Bros. Official Trailer