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The Aristocats Live-Action Adaptation Adds Questlove as Director
The Aristocats Live-Action Adaptation Adds Questlove as Director,Disney puts The Roots' founding member and acclaimed musician Questlove at the helm for his directorial debut in the live-action Aristocats film.

The Aristocats Live-Action Adaptation Adds Questlove as Director

The upcoming The Aristocats live-action adaptation adds Questlove as director.

Per Deadline, acclaimed musician Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson will mark his directorial debut with The Aristocats. Questlove will reportedly also oversee the music for the film and serve as executive producer, while Tarik Trotter, Shawn Gee and Zarah Zoloman will executive produce on behalf of Two One Five Entertainment. Will Gluck and Keith Bunin wrote the script for the film, the former of whom will also act as producer for his company, Oliver Bridge.


Based on the 1970 animated film of the same name, The Aristocats follows the misadventures of the pampered house cat Duchess who, along with her kittens Berlioz, Marie, and Toulouse, are set to inherit their wealthy owner Madame Adelaide Bonfamille's vast fortune. When Madame's butler Edgar learns that he is last in line to inherit the fortune after the cats, he puts in motion a plot that leaves the cats in the French wilderness to fend for themselves before being effectively rescued by alley cat Thomas O'Malley.

Disney's Live-Action Adaptations

Plans for the live-action adaptation of The Aristocats were announced in January 2022, making it the latest in a long line of classic animated features to receive such treatment in recent years, including Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Aladdin, Lady and the Tramp, and Mulan. The next of Disney's classic animated films to hit the silver screen in live-action is The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey as the iconic mermaid princess Ariel.

Questlove's Oscar-Winning Film Career and TV Hits

Questlove rose to fame as the lead percussionist for The Roots, which he formed in 1987 with Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter. Questlove has since appeared in films such as Spike Lee's 2000 cult classic Bamboozled and 2016's Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. In 2009, Questlove took over duties as the music director for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, with The Roots serving as the house band for the show before moving with Fallon to The Tonight Show in 2014. Questlove has also served as composer and executive music producer for films such as 2016's Vincent N Roxxy and television productions, including the 2012 Soul Train Awards, Inside Amy Schumer, and Hulu's High Fidelity. In 2022, Questlove won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature with Summer of Soul.

The Aristocats does not currently have a set release date.

Source: Deadline