Walt Disney Studios has announced a plethora of live-action adaptations of their animated classics, and it looks like they won’t be stopping any time soon. To add to their already growing slate, the studio has just announced that they will be adapting The Sword In The Stone with Game of Thrones writer/producer Brian Cogman working on the screenplay.
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THR was the first to report on the news. They add that Brigham Taylor will also produce the project alongside Cogman. Taylor is also producing the live-action adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, which is being directed by Jon Favreau. He also produced The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Tomorrowland, and is an executive producer on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Cogman’s work on HBO’s hit medieval-themed Game of Thrones, shows he has the knowledge necessary to write the fantasy genre. He is credited for writing seven episodes on the series, and was also nominated for four WGA awards for his work. He is penning an adaptation of the the fantasy card game Magic: The Gathering for FOX, and is YA fantasy The False Prince for Paramount.
The Sword In The Stone is the 18th film in Disney’s animated classic series, and was released back in 1963. It was the final film before Disney’s death.
Based on the novel of the same name, The Sword In The Stone was first published back in 1938 as a single novel. It was later republished in 1958 as the first book of T. H. White‘s tetralogy The Once and Future King.
Set in the middle ages, the King of England died, leaving no heir to the throne. But a sword suddenly appears in an anvil. The sword bears an inscription proclaiming that whoever removes it will be the new king. No one can remove the sword, which is eventually forgotten, leaving England in the Dark Ages. Years later, a young orphan named Arthur would stumble upon Merlin, a wizard who would become his tutor educating him in many fields of knowledge.
The animated film went on to gross $22.1 million in 1963, which made it the sixth highest grossing film in the U.S. It did, however, receive mixed reviews from critics. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Score Adaptation or Treatment in 1963, but lost against Irma La Douce.