By Divya Putty
Major production company, Walt Disney Pictures, has planned many releases for the next two years. While Disney has many original films scheduled, there are also remakes and sequels in the works. They are also branching out in terms of genre. One of their new films is a drama/thriller which may not be appropriate for children, but will increase Disney’s overall demographic.
“The Finest Hours,” directed by Craig Gillespie, is Disney’s new thriller set in 1952. Four Coast Guard members attempt to rescue over 30 sailors from a sinking oil tanker near Cape Cod. Based on a true story, the film stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, and Ben Foster. Fans are hopeful that it will succeed at a level similar to “American Sniper.”
Most would not expect Disney to be producing a serious drama, but it will display them as more of an all rounded production company. While the typical princess story causes excitement and love for the characters, “The Finest Hours” will also trigger excitement, just a different kind.
“Pete’s Dragon” also deals with risk and adventure. A remake of the 1977 live-action and animation film, the 2016 version will not be a musical like the original.
In the film, an orphan boy named Pete escapes from his abusive adopted family, the Gogans, with his dragon, Elliot ending up in a town called Passamaquoddy. Elliot causes the townfolk to gossip and even riot.
The highly-anticipated film stars Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
“This is a story of an orphaned boy whose best friend is…actually a real dragon. And during the course of his journey, he finds his family. So that’s still in tact. But everything else is different,” Howard said according to the Los Angeles Times.
Perhaps one of Disney’s most anticipated future films is “Moana,” which has received much attention on Hawaii. A passionate and daring Hawaiian teenager named Moana and a demi God named Maui set off to an unexplored island so she can prove herself a Master Wayfinder. When her tribe’s tradition to explore the islands around them abruplty stopped, Moana wants to finish her ancestors’ exploration.
The animated musical stars newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, a native Hawaiian, and Dwayne Johnson. Johnson has rarely sung in his previous roles so many of his fans will get to see another side of him.
Although Moana is along the lines of Disney’s princess animated films, fans have hope that her bravery will make her a role model for young kids.
“Moana is such an amazing character. She’s brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to get it…I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way,” Cravalho told People Magazine.
Disney’s future in feature films looks busy and exciting since their releases, including some of their sequels such as “The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Star Wars: Episode VII” have a common theme of adventure.
Disney plans to release 24 films in 24 months, so they will be a constant topic of discussion for the next two years.