News is out that Game of Thrones writer/producer Bryan Cogman is joining another high-profile medieval fantasy project. He will write a live-action feature film version of Disney’s 1963 animated movie, The Sword in the Stone.
Loosely based on a novel by T.H. White, which later became part of the author’s multi-book Arthurian fantasy series The Once and Future King, the story follows a young King Arthur being mentored by the Merlin the wizard. It tells the awe-inspiring tale of the legendary monarch as a young orphaned boy who proves himself worthy of the throne by accomplishing the seemingly impossible feat of pulling a sword from a stone.
Recently tweeting that he was doing “research” while on a visit to Walt Disney World, Cogman appeared enthusiastic about his involvement in the project, writing that he has “cherished both the novel and the 1963 film since childhood” and that he is “hugely excited and honored to be working on” the feature.
Cogman seems a good choice to write another medieval fantasy movie, considering the success of his award-nominated work on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Clearly in demand at the moment, he has at least two other prominent films in the works, including an adaptation of the fantasy card game Magic: The Gathering and a Paramount production of the YA fantasy novel The False Prince.
Filmmaker Brigham Taylor (Tomorrowland and the forthcoming The Jungle Book) is set to produce this live-action remake.