Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is set to direct Disney’s live-action hybrid remake of “The Aristocats,” Deadline reports.
Questlove will also act as an executive producer and oversee the film’s music. Tarik Trotter, Shawn Gee, and Zarah Zohlman will executive produce on behalf of Two One Five Entertainment. Will Gluck and Keith Bunin are writing the script. Gluck will produce with his company Olive Bridge.
Questlove is a founding member of The Roots and recently directed the documentary “Summer of Soul,” which won the Academy Award for best documentary. Questlove voiced Curly in “Soul” and consulted on the film’s music.
Disney’s original animated “The Aristocats” was released in 1970, directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. It takes place in Paris, where a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. It’s then up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O’Malley, and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day.
The live-action “The Aristocats” may have a similar look to the live-action “Lady and the Tramp” film that debuted on Disney+ in 2019.