Disney is continuing on their crusade of adapting all their old animated films, like ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010), Maleficent (2014), and many other upcoming movies. You can now add the classic ‘Sword in the Stone’ to list of animated to live adaptations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Game of Thrones’ writer, Bryan Cogman has been brought on to write the script with Brigham Taylor to produce.
The original ‘Sword in the Stone’ animated film came out in 1963 and was directed by the late great animation Disney director, Wolfgang Reitherman who’s known for directing ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘101 Dalmatians,’ ‘AristoCats,’ and ‘Robin Hood.’ The film was based on the novel of the same name following the story of a young King Arthur and he’s journey to becoming the true king of England and finding the legendary sword, Excalibur.
Ever since I was a little kid, I loved watching any story that had something to do with King Arthur so I am pretty excited about this news. Also, when you look at the list of animated films that are being adapted to live action, ‘Sword in the Stone’ is one of the only few that can easily be translated to live action. Unlike Dumbo…come on Disney, really? I do think what will truly make or brake this film is who plays Arthur and Merlin, and how good their chemistry is. In the original cartoon, the two worked so well on screen, so casting is very, very important.
No date has been announced yet, but until then go refresh your memory by watching the cartoon version of ‘Sword in the Stone’ on Netflix.