Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Disney planning live action take on The Sword In The Stone

Following in the footsteps of Alice In Wonderland (2010), Maleficent (2014), Cinderella and the currently filming Beauty And The Beast, Walt Disney Pictures have raided the archives for yet another animated classic to turn into a live action adventure. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that the Mouse House are set to adapt young King Arthur tale The Sword In The Stone (1963).

The original animated feature was loosely based on T. H. White's novel, which became a part of the multi-book Arthurian series The Once And Future King. While The Sword In The Stone focuses on Arthur's youth, the books follow his rise to power and his struggles with ruling the isle of Gramarye, trying to prove that chivalry can be just as effective as force, but ultimately realising that even he needs to use might to maintain order.

Game Of Thrones writer-producer Bryan Cogman is on board to script the new version, but the actual direction for the new film has yet to be revealed. There is a chance it will include more of the story and could potentially see Walt Disney Pictures mounting their own Arthurian franchise. You can bet the Mouse House's eyes will be on Guy Ritchie's (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) own take on the man, Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur, and how it performs next year.

The Sword In The Stone joins The Jungle Book, Beauty And The Beast, Cruella, Dumbo, Aladdin (1992) prequel Genies and several others in various stages of development or production.

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