Monday, July 20, 2015

The Never-Ending Story

Well, not never-ending, in point of fact. One day the tale will come to a screeching halt because Diz Co. will run out of animated features to remake.

Disney is revisiting its 1963 animated fantasy The Sword in the Stone, putting into development a live-action remake.

Bryan Cogman, a writer-producer on HBO’s fantasy Game of Thrones, has been tapped to pen the script for the project, which will be produced by Brigham Taylor.

Stone, the final movie released before Walt Disney’s death, told of a young King Arthur who is being mentored by Merlin. ...

Vance Gerry (beloved and highly-skilled Disney story artist) told me that they never quite licked the story on this feature. The story crew added lots of comedy business to expository scenes, hoping to distract the audience from all the ... ahm ... exposition.

But it didn't quite work.

Vance said that a long explanation near the front of movie got dolled up with antics from a wolf that kept trying (and failing) to grab Wart, the future King Arthur. Vance told me: "We thought that breaking up all the explaining with comedic gags involving the wolf would help the scenes. But it really didn't."

Now Bryan Cogman can take another stab at it.


Stephen said...

That's actually one of the few animated films I'm fine with seeing remade. The original never really did a whole lot for me. There's some fun animation from Milt and Frank in a few sequences, but on the whole the story never really has much drama to it and the characters aren't very memorable. It would have probably worked better as a short like Wind in the Willows. Here's hoping the remake is a good one. There's certainly no shortage of awesome actors out there to play Merlin.

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