“The Aristocats” gets the live treatment and Questlove will be in on it! The Disney classic is officially reimagined and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson has been cast to direct it.
Not only will Thompson direct the film, which is described as a “live-action/hybrid reimagining” of the 1970 classic, but he’s also listed as an executive producer and will oversee the music, according to Deadline. Will Gluck and Keith Bunin will write the script for the film and Tarik Trotter, Shawn Gee and Zarah Zohlman will serve as executive producers through Two One Five Entertainment, the production company of The Roots.
The original film follows an aristocratic cat family about to inherit a fortune from the owner when the owner’s butler suddenly kidnaps the cats, intending to gain the fortune for himself. The cats befriend a “soft-talking tomcat” (J. Thomas O’Malley) as they try to get home. The film contains the popular Disney song, “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat”.
Questlove took to Instagram to celebrate their new gig. “They chose me to chase the cat…I basically have 2 life goals: 1. Don’t dismiss my dreams and 2. Get out of my own way,” he wrote.
The news comes a week after the musician announced the launch of book publishing company AUWA Books, an imprint of MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, the Grio previously reported.
It’s one of many film ventures Questlove has embarked on in recent years, following its hit documentary, ‘Summer of Soul,’ which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2021 and would go on to win the Oscar. for Best Documentary Report.
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