From Beauty and the Beast to Maleficent, Disney’s live-action film remakes have seen success. Beauty and the Beast totaled in around $1.2 billion dollars in the worldwide box office, and Maleficent totaled about $758.5 million on a $180 million dollar budget. These films are only two examples of the wide success that the Disney remakes are having. Disney is set to launch it’s streaming service next year, and some of it’s original straight to stream content will feature a remake of the classic Sword in the Stone. Today, we got an update on the film.
The movie will be filmed in Belfast, Ireland. The production date start is September 24th, 2018. Sword in the Stone is based on a novel by T. H. White. The original animated feature is centered around the upbringing of King Arthur. He is an orphan who goes by the name Wart. Merlin is also featured in the film. It dives more into the mythos of King Arthur, Excalibur, and the Knights of the Round Table. The original animated feature was released on Christmas of 1963. The film will be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Days Later). His last film was The Path which was released in 2012. This is an interesting choice, but his delivery will surely be amazing.
Disney is also developing a Merlin Saga with Ridley Scott. Whether Sword in the Stone will tie-in to that series has yet to be announced, but this would be interesting considering how much Merlin means to the film. There are many movies and TV shows about King Arthur and Merlin so it’ll be interesting to see how different these films, especially Sword in the Stone will be from the rest.
Source: Disney Film Facts