Oh, Disney Studios. Please, we’re begging you. Don’t ruin our childhood, especially if you’re planning to develop a live-action remake of “The Sword In The Stone”.
That’s right, everyone. Yet another animated classic is getting a live-action remake treatment and this time around, it will be loosely based on the 1963 animated film about a young King Arthur being mentored by Merlin.
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, Disney’s “The Sword In The Stone” is based on the T.H. White’s novel of the same name. It was the last movie that the studio released before Walt Disney’s death.
It tells the story of Arthur (nicknamed “Wart”), a 12-year-old orphan who aspires to be a knight’s squire. On a hunting trip he falls in on Merlin, a powerful but amnesiac wizard who has plans for Wart beyond mere squiredom. Merlin starts by trying to give Wart an education, believing that once one has an education, one can go anywhere. Needless to say, it doesn’t quite work out that way.
In the animated feature film, Arthur was voiced by 3 different actors namely Rickie Sorensen, Richard Reitherman, and Robert Reitherman. This led to noticeable changes in the voice between scenes and their Brooklyn-esque accents were sharply contrasting with the English setting and the accents spoken by all other characters in the film. As for Merlin, he was voiced by Karl Swenson and animated by several of Disney’s Nine Old Men, including Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, and John Lounsbery.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Game of Thrones” writer/producer Bryan Cogman is on board to pen the script while Brigham Taylor, who is also working on Disney’s “The Jungle Book” remake, will produce. The announcement came on the heels of the news that the studio is planning to develop a live-action “Aladdin” prequel about Genie.
No further details regarding the live-action remake of “The Sword In The Stone” were released, but it surely isn’t the first Disney animated film to be adapted into a live-action movie.
The animated classics that will be made into live-action versions include:
- The Jungle Book
- Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass
- Beauty and the Beast
- Winnie the Pooh
- Fantasia – Night On Bald Mountain
- Prince Charming
- Maleficent 2
The film does not have a release date yet, but what do you think of this? Who do you think should play Arthur and Merlin? And more importantly, would you want the scene in the gif below be featured in the live-action film too?
Let us know in the comments section!