Disney to make creepy Fantasia sequence into live-action film
Disney is planning a full-length live-action movie based on a sequence from the studio’s classic 1940 film Fantasia, EW has confirmed, creating a story inspired by the “Night on Bald Mountain” segment.
The new story will be written and produced by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, whose collaborations include 2014’s Dracula Untold and Gods of Egypt, which is scheduled for an April 2016 release.
The Disney project will expand on a dark, 10-minute fantasy sequence—which frankly, if you’re under a certain age, is downright creepy—that features a yellow eyed, winged creature named Chernabog who summons a set of mysterious spirits who fly over a town and frolic in a cave as dawn rises on a rolling landscape. Featuring music from Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, the sequence is last of eight musical segments in the classic animated flick.
News of the project, first mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter, follows a slew of announcements regarding live-action reboots of classic Disney films. The studio is planning a Tim Burton-directed Dumbo remake, a Peter Pan spinoff film starring Reese Witherspoon as Tinker Bell, and a retelling of the China-set Mulan. And there are a few adaptations already on Disney’s upcoming release schedule: Johnny Depp’s Alice Through the Looking Glass is being planned for 2016.
Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book(starring Scarlett Johansson, Billy Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken and Idris Elba) will also hit theaters sometime next year, while the Emma Watson-starrer Beauty and the Beast has been set for 2017.
Check out the scary sequence–starring Chernabog, the evil demon lord of Bald Mountain–below.