According to Deadline, Sarah Polley is in talks to direct Disney’s live-action adaption of their beloved 1942 animated classic, “Bambi.” The film is in the very early stages of development, and no actors or writers are currently attached to the project. The film has no scheduled release date at this current moment in time either.
“Bambi” is presumably the followup to Polley’s last film, “Women Talking.” The powerful female-led drama was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay (which Polley won). “Bambi” is the next Disney remake scheduled to be in production along with “The Aristocats” (helmed by Academy Award winner Questlove) and “The Lion King” sequel (helmed by Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins).
Everyone can agree that we’re happy Polley is making a film that will be physically beneficial to her career. We hope that this can help fund future projects she might be ecstatic about in the future. Yet to a degree, this is an incredibly underwhelming bit of news. Polley seems to be the latest indie filmmaker to be swallowed up by the Disney machine.
The endless churning out of rehashed IP purely for quick profit is to put it simply, nauseating. It would have been better if Disney could have supported Polley in creating a new original story for her career. Here’s hoping for the best and that Polley can deliver something visually unique from an extremely familiar tale.
Are you excited for Sarah Polley’s take on “Bambi?” Who do you think should play the titular character? What do you think it will look like? Please let us know in the comments section below or over on our Twitter account.