As Mulan will be hitting theatres soon, with the film adapted to new concepts to honour traditional Chinese culture, the rumour that Brother Bear has been chosen to be among the remakes has been circulated in the film industry.
Following the massive financial success of Disney’s most recent live-action remakes, the studio is hoping to continue developing plenty more well into the future. In fact, according to our sources – the same ones who told us an Aladdin sequel was happening before it was confirmed a few weeks later – Disney is currently hoping to revamp the 2003 feature Brother Bear some time soon.
For those unfamiliar with the source material, the Academy Award-nominated film follows the story of a young Inuit named Kenai. The boy vengefully hunts a bear who he holds responsible for his brother’s death and ends up taking its life, but in the process, angers the spirits.
The spirits then Kenai into a bear as a learning tool for his act of senseless violence. To become human again, the he must embark on a journey to a mountain where the Northern lights touch the earth. Along the way, he’s reluctantly guided by a young bear cub who he soon grows very close to.
With characters like Kenai, it is hoped to be cast with indigenous actors an offer opportunity to indigenous communities.
Details on the live-action remake are still scarce right now, as the project sits on a list of films that Disney hopes to eventually remake, but it’s likely that big names will be brought onboard to anchor the cast.
The original Brother Bear featured the voice acting of Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix and comedian Rick Moranis, as well as music from legends Phil Collins and Tina Turner.