‘The Sword in the Stone’ Live-Action Film in Development With ‘Game of Thrones’ Writer at Disney
Given that this is the start of a new week, it’s probably safe to assume that this is just one of the new live-action Disney remakes we’ll be hearing about before the end of the week. They’ve got commitment, that’s for sure. Like several of the studio’s other planned remakes, this one sounds like it has some serious potential: Disney has partnered with Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman to develop a live-action version of The Sword in the Stone.
THR reports that Cogman is writing a screenplay for a new live-action film based on Disney’s 1963 animated classic The Sword in the Stone, a wonderful film that’s easy to sometimes overlook amid the studio’s princess-oriented offerings. The eccentric animated fantasy tale was loosely based on T.H. White’s novel of the same name, and tells the story of the great (and greatly wacky) wizard Merlin, and his young apprentice, the boy who would go on to become the King Arthur of legend by rightfully retrieving a sword from a stone.
Brigham Taylor (Tomorrowland) will produce the live-action version — Taylor is also producing Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book and Guillermo del Toro’s long-gestating Haunted Mansion film (in which Ryan Gosling will reportedly star). Cogman has written some of the most acclaimed episodes of Game of Thrones, including “The Rains of Castamere,” “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” and “Blackwater.” He’s also currently developing a film based on Magic: The Gathering for Fox.