Disney is hard at work getting their streaming service Disney+ ready for a 2019 launch. One of the films Disney is looking to feature on the service is a live-action remake of Sword In The Stone, and now we have an update to share with you.
We have learned that the film will shoot in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the production is aiming for a start date this summer. The film was originally set to begin production last September.
We have also obtained some character breakdowns on the film.
Wart (LEAD MALE 12-15): Caucasian. An orphan named Arthur, also known as Wart. Bright, witty, and stubborn. Take part in a tournament where he is revealed as king.
Merlin (LEAD MALE 30-60): Open to any ethnicity. an old and eccentric wizard who aids and educates Arthur.
Sir Ector (LEAD MALE 30-50): Open to any ethnicity. Arthur’s foster father.
Madam Mim (LEAD FEMALE 30-60): Open to any ethnicity. a black magic proficient witch and Merlin’s nemesis. LEAD
The film will be directed by 28 Days Later Helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, from a script by Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones). Also joining the production team is Fresnadillo’s 28 Weeks Later cinematographer Enrique Chediak. Chediak worked on last years Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee, and the recently wrapped live-action remake of Lady And The Tramp, which is also headed to Disney+
Disney is also in development of a Merlin saga with Ridley Scott. Disney has not confirmed if the saga will tie into The Sword In The Stone.
Released in 1963, Disney’s animated adaptation of Sword In The Stone chronicles King Arthur’s humble beginnings. As an orphaned child, Arthur, who was then known as Wart, wants to help his foster brother, Kay, succeed in becoming a knight. While helping Kay train, Wart stumbles upon a cabin belonging to Merlin, a bumbling but talented wizard. Merlin does his best to convince the boy that he is bound for greatness, and when Wart and Kay travel to London to attend a jousting contest, they learn that Merlin was right.
Disney+ is set to debut this fall.
Source: HN Entertainment