Nicolas Cage (Ghost Rider) and Todd Garner will produce The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a live-action feature for Walt Disney Pictures. Variety says the film is a possible starring vehicle for Cage.
Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal (Flicka, Eragon) wrote the script, which takes its inspiration from the poem by Goethe in which an old sorcerer leaves his workshop, in the hands of his apprentice, who’s not yet fully trained in magic. The apprentice gets a broomstick to do his chores for him but things get out of control when the broom takes over.
The tale was the basis for the sequence in Disney’s animated classic Fantasia.
Garner will produce through his Broken Road Productions. Cage and his producing partner Norm Golightly will produce through Saturn Films.
Broken Road and Saturn also teamed up to produce Next, an action thriller starring Cage, due out from Paramount on April 27.