Having realized just how much intellectual property they're sitting on over at the Mouse House, Disney execs are digging even deeper into the archives for live action ideas. The latest? Fantasia.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is putting into development a live-action film based on the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence from Fantasia. If you're unfamiliar, the "Night on Bald Mountain" part of Fantasia focused on "a dark winged creature who raised spirits from the dead. They dance, fly through the air and enjoy an night of mayhem until they fade away as the night ends and the sun begins to rise." So, yeah, creepy.
They're apparently aiming for something in the vein of the 2014 Angelina Jolie vehicle Maleficent, which pulled in a solid $758.4 million worldwide. The script will be written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold). It seems like a thin pitch, but heck, it's hard to put anything past the golden-goose producers at Disney these days.
Released in 1940, Fantasia is a feature film that includes eight animated segments set to classical music. The piece used for "Night on Bald Mountain" was composed by Modest Mussorgsky in 1867, and is kind of unsettling.
After the success of projects like Maleficent and Cinderella, Disney is now eyeing live-action adaptations of animated classics including Beauty and the Beast, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Dumbo, The Jungle Book, Mulan and Tinkerbell (in addition to this one). It seems the Disney faithful will be getting ready to give newcomers like The Avengers and the Star Wars gang a run for their money in the next few years.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)