Over the last year we have reported on quite a few live-action Disney adaptations that are planned for theaters, but other than “Mulan,” this might be our favorite.
It was reported today that Brian Cogman, who is both a writer and producer for the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones,” will be writing the script for a live-action remake of Disney’s classic “The Sword and the Stone.”
The film originally released back in 1963 and was one of the more popular animated films of its time. The film is based on the 1938 T.H. White novel of the same name, with a few pop-culture twists added in of course. (We don’t think original novel had Merlin appearing in a puff of smoke wearing Bermuda shorts and sunglasses).
The adaptation will be produced by Brigham Taylor, the same person that is also working on the live-action “The Jungle Book” adaptation. So far there is a live-action telling of “Prince Charming,” the upcoming release of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson, a “Mulan” adaptation and a “Dumbo” adaptation with director Tim Burton. Oh, don’t forget one of the adaptations that started this craze, “Alice and Wonderland,” which is also getting a sequel.
This may sound like overkill but these movies are most-likely set to release years apart from each other, and some may never get to the big-screen. More information on who will voice Archimedes, the greatest animated Owl outside “The Secret of NIMH” that we can recall without Google, and the casting of Merlin and Wart will be announced as the project moves closer to production.
In the meantime you can practice your wizard’s duel (no purple dragons).