PHOENIX – Disney is reportedly adding the 1995 classic, Pocahontas, to their long list of live-action remakes predicted to premiere over the next few years.
First reported by an entertainment blog called We Got This Covered, Disney is rumored to be searching for a Native American actress to take on the role of the Chief’s daughter. Whether or not the entertainment company will stick to the original plot of the animated movie or take a more historical standpoint is still unknown.
Though many enjoy the funny side-kicks and catchy songs of the original film, it has been a target for criticism over the years for its historical inaccuracy and offense towards Native American culture.
Based on the path the Disney Company has taken for the new live-action Mulan, Pocahontas and John Smith may not have the bittersweet ending we are accustomed to seeing on screen. However, would that be the worst thing?
The upcoming Mulan film directed by Niki Caro is set to hit theaters March 27, 2020. Yifei Liu is cast as Mulan, the woman who takes her father’s place and joins the army in China. Walt Disney Studios released the first teaser for the film earlier this month. It is predicted the adaptation will attempt to correct the cultural inaccuracies of its predecessor and include none of the songs from its original soundtrack.
The 1995 Pocahontas captured people with its charming characters and incredible soundtrack. The song “Colors of the Wind” went on to win an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
Disney has not released any official statements about a Pocahontas movie being in the works.