‘Sword in the Stone’ Live-Action Remake in Development With ‘Game of Thrones’ Writer

Sword in the Stone live-action remake
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Continuing their strategy of reimagining animated classics into live-action movies, Disney is developing a “Sword in the Stone” movie with “Game of Thrones” writer Bryan Cogman penning the script, Variety has confirmed.

Brigham Taylor will produce the film.

The original toon was based loosely on T.H. White’s novel of the same name, which ultimately became part of the author’s multi-book King Arthur fantasy, “The Once and Future King.”

The 1963 animated pic followed a 12-year-old orphan named Arthur who became king after removing a sword from an anvil in London.

Cogman cut his teeth as one of the writers on HBO’s hit fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” though audiences can expect this project to be on the lighter side.

The scribe tweeted a photo of himself pulling the “Sword in the Stone” at Disneyland with the caption “research.”

Disney has already struck box office gold with “Alice in Wonderland,” whose sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is slated for 2016, “Maleficent” and “Cinderella.”

Live-action versions of “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson; Jon Favreau-directed “The Jungle Book” (whose all-star voice cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o and Bill Murray); “Mulan”; Tim Burton-helmed “Dumbo”; “Winnie the Pooh”; “Tinker Bell,” with Reese Witherspoon; “Fantasia”; and an “Aladdin” prequel are all in the works.

Cogman is repped by UTA, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson. He’s also developing a “Magic: The Gathering” for Fox and “The False Prince” for Paramount.

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  1. dee says:

    This is interesting. Makes me wish they would revisit The Black Cauldron for a live action remake…except this time make something that actually resembled the source material. They’ve been sitting on the rights to the Chronicles of Prydain for 2 decades now.

  2. Dave says:

    I say we let the boy try

  3. ColdFusion says:

    Next year we’ll get our live action Little Mermaid where Ariel is 18 so there’s no accusations, Triton is an unreasonable and unredeemed expression of TEH PATRIARCHY, Eric is a bumbling idiot, and Ursula (the REAL hero of the movie!!1!) is a misunderstood wellmeaning magick user being fatshamed and oppressed for being born male

  4. Jade Gryphon says:

    To coin Archimedes from the classic animated version…”PINFEATHERS AND GULLYFLUFF”. First they get rid of traditional animation, then they just rehash stories they’ve already done….Disney, why are you doing this?! Walt would be spinning in his proverbial grave. :/

  5. cadavra says:

    Oh, God, please make it stop. What’s next? A “live-action” version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame?”

  6. wa says:


    • TOM says:

      That was one Disney ‘classic’ that nobody wanted to rewatch. (Bedknobs & Broomsticks, anybody? Why’s everybody running away?)

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