The response to Disney's 1985 animation The Black Cauldron was divisive to say the least, receiving mixed reviews and flopping pretty hard at the box office. Now, 30 years later, the studio are having a second crack at it.
Variety reports that Disney have acquired movie rights to the fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain, a set of five novels — two of which provided the basis for The Black Cauldron. Written by Lloyd Alexander, the books are based on Welsh mythology and follow protagonist pig-keeper with big dreams Taran, as he progresses towards maturity.
The books are The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle Llyr, Taran Wanderer and The High King.
With a lack of songs and a darker tone, Disney's take on the tale is debatably one of the studios scariest animations to date. It was also the first Disney movie to include computer-generated imagery, its narrative is explained below:
Set in the mythical land of Prydain during the dark ages, the film centers on the evil Horned King who hopes to secure an ancient magical cauldron that will aid him in his desire to conquer the world. He is opposed by a young pig keeper named Taran, the young princess Eilonwy, the bard Fflewddur Fflam, and a wild creature named Gurgi who seek to prevent him from ruling the world by destroying the cauldron.
Directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich, you can watch a clip from the movie below:
According to Variety's report Sam Dickerman is Disney's exec on the project, yet the producer, director and writer is yet to be announced.
More information to follow.
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