It’s hard to distinguish at this point which animated films will and will not be getting live-action adaptations. After such remakes like Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent, it’s hard to understand why a studio like Disney continues to follow this pattern, especially considering that both films were welcome to negative reception from the majority of both critics and audience members alike. Although, after this year’s Cinderella adaptation and the critical praise and positive reception it received, it’s possible Disney is just trying to find the right stories for adapting.
However, after the recent announcement of a live-action prequel to the 1990s animated hit, Aladdin, a new report by THR has also revealed that Disney is planning a live-action remake of the 1963 classic film The Sword in the Stone, with Game of Thrones scribe Brian Cogman set to pen the script. The original film followed a young King Arthur and his mentor, Merlin, and it won’t be the first fantasy feature with Cogman’s touch, as he is also signed on for the Magic: The Gathering film as well.
Sword in the Stone is based off of a novel of the same name by T.H. White, and was the final film from Disney Animation to be released before Walt Disney’s death. Cogman has been involved with Game of Thrones since the first season, and usually pens one or two episodes each year while showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss handle the other eight or nine.
However, Cogman began to gain more recognition earlier this year following his controversial episode “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” gained some negative and positive acclaim from media sources all over the internet after the shocking and disturbing ending. *SPOILERS* It featured Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) losing her virginity after being raped by Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) on her wedding night, as Theon Greyjoy a.k.a Reek (Alfie Allen) is forced to watch.
Sword in the Stone joins the slew of other animated films lined up for live-action adaptations, and audiences can almost be certain at this point that it won’t be the last one, either. Whether or not it lives up to the original 1960s film, or falters like Maleficent did with the Sleeping Beauty story will have to wait to be seen. For right now, though, fans can at least be hopeful that with Cogman’s involvement and his past track record with fantasy epics, that this will end up being one of the better live-action adaptations set for release in the near future.
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