×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Disney revives ‘King of the Elves’ toon

'Bosses' scribe Michael Markowitz aboard as pic eyes 2013 debut

“King of the Elves” is rearing its head again at Walt Disney Animation Studios, with “Horrible Bosses” scribe Michael Markowitz tapped to pen the latest script for the toon.

Project is an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story about a band of elves and one dwarf living in the Mississippi Delta who tap a human as their king after he saves them from an evil troll.

Chris Williams, co-director and writer of “Bolt,” is shepherding the project.

The Mouse House originally wanted to produce the pic for a 2012 release, under the helm of Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker (both behind “Brother Bear”), but the project was put back into development to flesh out the story further shortly after Pixar’s John Lasseter took the reins of Disney’s toon division as chief creative officer in 2006.

Project was unveiled in 2008, alongside “Wall-E,” as an upcoming animated feature on Disney’s sked. “Rapunzel,” retitled “Tangled,” was also introduced at the time, as was Pixar’s “The Bear and the Bow” (now “The Brave”) and “Newt” (which has since been shelved).

Popular on Variety

With “Wreck-It-Ralph” now on Disney’s slate for Nov. 2, 2012, “King of the Elves” is being eyed for a holiday 2013 bow, after “Monsters University” aims to scare up box office that summer.

Lasseter is producing the pic with Chuck Williams.

In addition to “Horrible Bosses,” which Warner Bros. releases July 8, Markowitz has written for the TV sitcoms “Becker,” “In-Laws,” “It’s All Relative” and “Bob Patterson,” on which he also served as a supervising producer.

Markowitz is repped by CAA, Heroes and Villains Entertainment and attorney Michael Gendler.

More Film

  • NENT Group to Focus on Scripted

    Scandinavia's NENT Group to Focus on Scripted Content Production, Distribution

    Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), one of Scandinavia’s biggest media groups, is set to reorganise and focus on scripted drama and film production and distribution. The company is looking to bring in a minority equity partner on board to bolster its scripted drama production business. As part of the reorg, NENT Group will divest its [...]

  • Goteborg Film Festival The Gynecological Cinema

    Anna Odell Puts Men in a Gynaecological Chair

    After William Castle’s “Percepto!” or John Waters’ “Odorama,” it seems like the time has come for Swedish provocateur Anna Odell’s “The Gynaecological Cinema Chair” – an interactive experience created specially for this year’s Göteborg Film Festival. A concept that’s more than just an attention-grabbing gimmick, however, as the director behind 2013’s “The Reunion” was quick [...]

  • The-Intruder

    Watch the Trailer from Just Announced Berlin Competition Entry ‘The Intruder’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    MADRID  —  Just minutes after the Berlinale confirmed on Wednesday its selection in main competition, the pedigree producers of Argentine Natalia Meta’s “The Intruder” (“El Prófugo”) have dropped a first teaser-trailer for what has been described as a “pyscho-sexual fantastic thriller.” They have also confirmed more details of one of the buzziest new titles from [...]

  • Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a

    Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Leads Cesar Awards Nominations

    Roman Polanski’s “An Officer and a Spy” is leading the race for the Cesar Awards, France’s top film honors, with 12 nominations, followed by Ladj Ly’s Oscar-nominated “Les Miserables.” “An Officer and a Spy” earned nominations for best film, director, actor (Jean Dujardin), cinematography, set design, costume and music, among others. Although he’s been at [...]

  • Berlin Competition Lineup Features Kelly Reichardt,

    Berlin Competition Lineup Revealed: Sally Potter, Kelly Reichardt, Eliza Hittman, Abel Ferrara

    The Berlin International Film Festival has unveiled its 2020 line-up, with 18 films playing in competition from directors such as Abel Ferrara, Sally Potter, Christian Petzold, Hong Sangsoo, Kelly Reichardt and Eliza Hittman. Abel Ferrara’s Willem Dafoe starrer “Siberia” is a world premiere in competition, as is Sally Potter’s “The Roads Not Taken.” Among the [...]

  • Amy Ryan appears in Lost Girls

    'Lost Girls': Film Review

    It’s exciting, and fascinating, to see a great director of documentaries try his or her hand at a dramatic feature, since in theory the essential skill set should all be there. The best documentarians possess an acute visual sense, and they are all, of course, potent storytellers. Yet for every attempt at this sort of [...]

  • "Jojo Rabbit" and "Schitts Creek" Win

    'Jojo Rabbit,' 'Masked Singer' and 'Maleficent' Win Top Honors at Costume Designers Guild Awards

    The Costume Designers Guild handed out its trophies for the 22nd annual CDG Awards with “Jojo Rabbit” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” receiving top honors among the costumers. In the TV category, the hit “The Masked Singer” and designer Marina Toybina beat out reigning designer Zaldy (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) for excellence in variety, reality-competition, live [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content