We have learned that Larry Fong will serve as the cinematographer on Disney’s live-action Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers film.
Larry Fong needs no introduction, the highly acclaimed cinematographer is most known for building a repertoire with long time friend Zack Snyder. Thanks to his outstanding visuals, fans everywhere know that films like 300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch, and Batman v Superman wouldn’t look or feel the same without him. Aside from his Snyder collaborations, he has also served as cinematographer on fan-favorites like Now You See Me, Kong: Skull Island, and Super 8.
Most recently, Fong shot Chris McKay’s The Tomorrow War starring Chris Pratt. The film will follow the story of a man who is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront the past. Coming off the success of The Lego Batman Movie, this will mark McKay’s first live-action feature.
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers will be directed by Akiva Schaffer, 1/3 of Lonely Island along with Andy Samberg and Jorma Tacoma. Schaffer’s directorial work includes Hot Rod, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and a slew of SNL segments. Dan Gregor and Doug Mand of How I Met Your Mother fame wrote the script.
According to our friends over at TheDisInsider, the film will now be a Disney+ exclusive and will begin filming next Spring in Los Angeles. The Disney company have been teasing their streaming service as the center point for the brand’s imminent future. Along with the ever-expanding worlds of Marvel and Star Wars, Disney is building a whole catalog of live-action adaptations exclusive to Disney+. What started with Lady and the Tramp and Mulan (albeit under unique circumstances) will now expand with revamps of Lilo & Stitch, Robin Hood, and of course, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers.
Though seeing as the film industry’s future is still a bit uncertain with the ongoing pandemic, it would not be surprising to see Disney move more of its planned live-action remakes to streaming. Cruella, starring Emma Stone as iconic Disney villain Cruella de Vil, could potentially see this fate. The film is currently set for a May 2021 release and the industry is still unsure whether or not theaters will be open 6 months from now. It was revealed last week that as of October 3, Disney+ had reached 73.7 million paying subscribers. The move to streaming seems more like a question of “when” not “if” for most of these highly anticipated Disney projects.