– by Nick Doll

Disney is definitely not stopping making live-action versions of their animated classics anytime soon. Now, even The Sword in the Stone has a director.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Disney is in negotiations with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) to have the director helm the live-action remake of The Sword in the Stone. Byran Cogman, a writer-producer on Game of Thrones wrote the script for the film.

The original film was released in 1963, though I grew up with it on VHS decades later, and was actually the final movie released by Disney before Walt Disney’s death. Based loosely on T.H. White’s novel of the same name, it follows a young Arthur before he is king, being groomed by Merlin so he can take his rightful place as King by pulling a sword from a stone.

Even though King Arthur: Legend of the Sword under-performed for Warner Bros. last summer, Disney actually has two Arthurian projects in development, The Sword in the Stone and The Merlin Saga; the latter may be directed by Ridley Scott.

Are you excited for the live-action remake of The Sword in the Stone? Which live-action Disney remake are you looking forward to, or dreading the most? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

  • Danny B

    Awesome! I always wanted know how Arthur became a King – if only someone would make a film about it….

  • Victor Roa

    uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…. This is where I really have to scream “STOP!” What are you guys doing? I understand that this is just going through the motions, but this is the film people keep coming back to again and again and again and again.
    Look, the thing is we had way too many King Arthur movies and all of them have their own gimmick, this one is just basically simple education. This movie has nothing to do with three act structure, the heroes journey, or even songs explaining to the audience about how they are orphans and wish to dream. It’s all about singing songs and having little one off adventures.
    The thing is, Disney is making money but they don’t know what they are doing, they are just one point going to screw everything up with a Song of the South remake into some kind of “Hero’s Journey.” And we all saw this happen during Maleficent “wait? was the wing cutting off rape? huh?” And now with Beauty and Beast that Uncanny Valley problem. I understand that this is repackaging the audience’s childhood, but they are making a plastic landfill of battle armor alice in wonderland toys.
    I feel like I’m staring at the Disney Renaissance crash all over again, except this time it’s even more dumber, instead of Milt Kahn we have Rob Marshall.