Despite claims that Disney's plate is so full, it couldn't commit to Tron 3, that's not stopping the studio from announcing more live-action movies based on their classic animated films. This week's target is Fantasia, with the Night on Bald Mountain segment getting the feature-length treatment. The movie is in development, and has Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless penning a screenplay based on the 1940s musical.
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless will also executive produce the movie. Night on Bald Mountain centers on a dark, winged creature who raises spirits from the dead that dance, fly and enjoy a night of pure mayhem. The haints fade away, though, as the sun begins to rise on them. Fantasia consisted of 8 animated segments set to classical music. The original Night on Bald Mountain is accompanied by music from Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, who created the piece in 1867. Leopold Stokowski arranged the music for the movie, introducing it to a much wider audience, and making it iconic today.
Night on Bald Mountain is being compared to Disney's live-action take on Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the iconic, misunderstood dark fairy. That film created big business for the studio, pulling in an estimated $758.4 million worldwide. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless were seen as the perfect duo to tackle this fairy tale, after penning Dracula Untold and the upcoming The Last Witch Hunter, which arrives in October.
Disney is currently plundering it's animation catalogue for live-action remakes. The trend fully blossomed when 2010's Alice in Wonderland proved to be a gigantic hit for the studio. Last year's Maleficent and this year's Cinderella have already proven to be worthy contenders at the box office. And more are on the way, including the sequel Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, which hits theaters next year, along with The Jungle Book. Dumbo, and Tink, based on Peter Pan's Tinker Bell, are also on the horizon. And it should be noted that Fantasia has gotten the live-action treatment before, with Disney's 2010 flop The Sorcerer's Apprentice. It reimagined the Mickey Mouse segment with Jay Baruchel stepping in for the iconic cartoon character and Nicolas Cage playing his wizard master. Let's all hope that Night on Bald Mountain manages to be a little better than that movie.