Walt Disney Pictures is planning a Chronicles of Prydain movie
Walt Disney Pictures is planning a return to the world of their 1985 animated feature The Black Cauldron. According to a story today at Variety, the studio is looking at developing a new Chronicles of Prydain movie franchise. The second book in Lloyd Alexander’s fantasy novel series, also titled The Black Cauldron, was loosely adapted for the Walt Disney Animation feature.
Inspired by Welsh mythology, The Chronicles of Prydain are officially described by publisher MacMillan as follows:
The Chronicles of Prydain have become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children. Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli—all of whom become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain.
The first book, The Book of Three, was followed by The Black Cauldron in 1965, The Castle of Llyr in 1966, Taran Wanderer in 1967 and The High King in 1968. A sixth book was also published in 1973 which contained six different prequel stories set in the world of Prydain.
According to the trade report, plans for a Chronicles of Prydain movie are rather nascent with Disney having just acquired the rights. Executive Sam Dickerman is said to be overseeing the project at the studio and has not yet attached a writer or director.
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