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Monday, July 20, 2015

Disney Developing Live-Action "The Sword in the Stone"

Disney adds the classic Young King Arthur tale into its live-action line-up.

As many of you know, Disney has been busy dusting off its old collection of old fairy tales and animated classics and developing them into live-action adaptations. This was due to the success of "Maleficent" and the latest adaptation of "Cinderella". We already have "The Jungle Book" directed by Jon Favrewau, "Beauty and the Beast" directed by Bill Condon, and "Dumbo" directed by Tim Burton coming up, among countless others. Now a new one joins that long list; Disney is planning a "Sword in the Stone" remake, and among those involved in developing it is one of the Game of Thrones screenwriters Bryan Cogman.

According to reports, Disney has tapped Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman to pen the script for the live-action update, with Brigham Taylor producing. Cogman wrote  Game of Thrones Season 5’s controversial episode “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” and has been involved with the show since its first season, usually penning one or two episodes a season. But Sword in the Stone won’t be his first brush with feature films, as he’s also working on 20th Century Fox’s Magic: The Gathering movie.

Loosely based on T.H. White’s novel of the same name, "The Sword in the Stone" is Disney’s 1963 animated fantasy about a young King Arthur and his mentor Merlin. It chronicles King Arthur's humble beginnings. As an orphaned child, Arthur, who was then known as Wart, wants to help his foster brother, Kay, succeed in becoming a knight. While helping Kay train, Wart stumbles upon a cabin belonging to Merlin, a bumbling but talented wizard. Merlin does his best to convince the boy that he is bound for greatness, and when Wart and Kay travel to London to attend a jousting contest, they learn that Merlin was right. This was the final Disney animated film released before Walt Disney's death. The songs in the film were written and composed by the Sherman Brothers, who later wrote music for other Disney films like Mary Poppins (1964), The Jungle Book (1967), and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971).
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