With Disney currently in the midst of giving live-action new takes to several of their old favourites, now comes word on who’ll be directing the House of Mouse’s new incarnation of The Sword in the Stone.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has been handed the director’s chair for the film. Fresnadillo is likely best known to genre fans for helming 28 Weeks Later. He’ll direct from a script by Game of Thrones’ Bryan Cogman.
In recent years, we’ve had live-action (often with a splash of CGI) features such as Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast brought to the big screen, and there’s plans afoot for Tim Burton to direct Dumbo, Guy Ritchie to helm Aladdin, Jon Favreau to oversee The Lion King, Rob Marshall to take charge of The Little Mermaid, and then new takes on Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Peter Pan in development.
For The Sword in the Stone, the original animated effort was released back in 1963 and actually holds the distinction of being the latest Disney feature to be released before the death of Walt Disney. Pulling inspiration from T.H. White’s novel, the tale centres on a young Arthur who is being mentored by Merlin so that he will be able to take his rightful position as king when the time comes.
At present, The Sword in the Stone has yet to be given a set release date.