Disney's live-action The Sword in the Stone recruits 28 Weeks Later director

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Jan 19, 2018

We knew that Disney’s live-action re-telling of The Sword in the Stone would be darker than the 1963 'toon when they hired Game of Thrones writer and producer Bryan Cogman to deliver the script.

Well, now things have taken a very bloody turn indeed as, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo -- director of zombie hit 28 Weeks Later -- is in talks to take the helm.

You may remember Fresnadillo’s sequel to Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later as being exceptionally violent and action-packed (with arguably one of the best helicopter-wings-meet-zombie-crowd slayings ever). It also made a respectable $64 million at the global box office against a reported $15 million budget.

Since then, besides directing a few television pilots, Fresnadillo has also directed Clive Owen in the horror thriller Intruders (2011), which featured a hooded, faceless phantom that sprang from the pages of a horror story. (Side note: Owen played the medieval leader himself in 2004's King Arthur.)

The Disney animated movie The Sword in the Stone was loosely based on T.H. White’s novel of the same name, and focused on a young King Arthur, who is being mentored by Merlin. We can imagine that the remake could stick to that plot outline and still be completely different in tone, with the bright colors swapped for a moody GoT feel. We’d also be expecting some gore-infested battles from Fresnadillo, but at the end of the day, let's remember this is still going to be a Disney movie.

Hopefully, it will fare better than King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which struggled with box-office results and impressing critics when it was released last year.

In addition to Sword, Disney is developing The Merlin Saga, an origin story for the powerful wizard, which director Ridley Scott is said to be circling.

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