It turns out that the tales as old as time are top performers at the box office.
Disney's experiment with live-action retellings of its animated classics began in 2010 with Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Then came 2014's Maleficent, the Sleeping Beauty origin story starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning; 2015's Cinderella adaptation with Lily James and Cate Blanchett, 2016's star-studded actioner The Jungle Book helmed by Jon Favreau, and 2017's movie-musical Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson as Belle.
The studio continues to mine its animated archives for live-action material. See all the retellings that Disney has in the works.