Disney Setting Up 'King of the Elves' for 2013, Brings on New Writer
A few years back, it was reported that one of Disney's upcoming animated films, an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's King of the Elves, had been shelved because Disney wasn't satisfied with their own CG movies. Well, Variety is now reporting that the project is back on again at Walt Disney Animation for a late 2013 release. But the big reason it's back is because the script is getting an overhaul by Michael Markowitz, a TV writer credited as one of the screenwriters of Horrible Bosses, hence the timing on this news since that hits theaters this week. Chris Williams, co-director and writer of Bolt, will also be "shepherding" the project.
Philip K. Dick's King of the Elves short story is a fantasy about an average man living in the Mississippi Delta, whose reluctant actions to help a desperate band of elves leads them to name him their new king. Joining the innocent and endangered elves as they attempt to escape from an evil and menacing troll, their unlikely new leader finds himself caught on a journey filled with unimaginable dangers and a chance to bring real meaning back to his own life. Some thought the story just wouldn't work for an animated Disney movie, but it looks like Markowitz found the edge that made them excited enough to start this one back up.
John Lasseter, who just finished directing Cars 2 despite moving to Disney, is producing King of the Elves with Chuck Williams. As far as I can tell, they haven't actually named a director yet, so everything is just coming together. I'm a big fan of Philip K. Dick and always excited to see projects involving his work. Plus, an animated Disney movie with trolls and elves? I'm already looking forward to seeing how it turns out and I'm happy to hear that after being "permanently shelved" for 18 months, King of the Elves is back on track!