Questlove Will Direct Disney’s ‘The Aristocats’ Remake

The Aristocats

Disney’s The Aristocats remake now has a director attached to the project!

Questlove, better known as the drummer of The Roots (whose real name is Ahmir Thompson), will be directing the flick, which will be a mix of live-action and CGI.

Deadline first reported that Questlove would be overseeing the film’s music in addition to serving as an executive producer on the project. Additionally, Peter Rabbit director Will Gluck and Onward writer Keith Bunin are set to adapt the screenplay.

The Aristocats Remake Is Yet Another Film to Get Disney’s Live-Action Treatment

The Aristocats remake will retell the tale first brought to the screen in the original 1970 animated feature. The storyline follows a pampered cat, Duchess, and her three kittens, Marie, Berlioz, and Toulouse. The four cats live in Paris. And they’re set to inherit a massive future from their owner, Madame Adelaide Bonfamille.

However, things get complicated when Bonfamille’s butler, Edgar, hears the plan. Consumed with jealousy, he kidnaps the felines in an effort to get them out of the picture.

As the family tries to make their way back home, they team up with a smooth-talking, streetwise cat, better known as Thomas O’Malley.

The Aristocats remake is the latest in a rather long list of Disney classics that getting a live-action treatment. Next to release in theaters will be The Little Mermaid. And next in the pipeline will be Lilo and Stitch.

In fact, the studio announced this week that they’re also planning to remake the animated movie Moana into a live-action flick, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the role of Maui.

Questlove’s Focus on Filmmaking

Questlove turned his focus to filmmaking in 2021 with the release of Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). The movie told the untold story of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.

The flick premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. And it went on to land the festival’s grand jury prize before being honored with the Academy Award for best documentary.

Questlove is also directing an upcoming documentary on Sly Stone, which is still untitled. He’s currently in pre-production on the project, which will be distributed by Hulu.

We’ll keep you all posted as more news surfaces on the upcoming The Aristocats remake!


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