Disney Finds 'Stuff of Legend' for Fantasy Graphic Novel Adaptation
It's been a big year for Disney already with The Avengers blasting its way through box office records (though John Carter might have made that a little less sweet of a victory) and Brave is still coming this summer. Now another adaptation is in the studio's future as Deadline has learned the studio has picked up a pitch to adapt the graphic novel Stuff of Legend by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith. The story follows a young boy who is abducted by the Boogeyman and dragged into a mysterious realm known as The Dark. But his puppy and toys, led by a toy soldier, rally together and head into The Dark for an epic rescue mission. More below!
Here's a more detailed synopsis from the Omnibus coming in August:
As Allied forces fight the enemy on Europe's war-torn beaches, another battle begins in a child's bedroom in Brooklyn when the nightmarish Boogeyman snatches a boy and takes him to the realm of The Dark. The child's playthings, led by the toy soldier known as the Colonel, band together to stage a daring rescue. On their perilous mission they will confront the boy's bitter and forgotten toys, as well as betrayal in their own ranks. The Stuff of Legend is a haunting and ultimately redemptive tale of loyalty, camaraderie, and perseverance.
A puppy and toys don't sound all that menacing, but once the playthings enter the closet, they become huge, menacing creatures who can fight against the Boogeyman's dark forces, other toys like knights, cowboys and other toy soldiers, with great ferocity. The film will employ a mix of live-action and CG akin to Alice in Wonderland. Disney has set an up and coming filmmaker to direct the film in Pete Candeland. You might remember his name because he's also slated to direct the adaptation of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Though his work comes in the form of music videos and commercials, his experience with animation is stellar due to his work with the band The Gorillaz, not to mention working with Paul McCartney to craft the opening cinematic for the best-selling video game The Beatles Rock Band. This project sounds pretty damn cool, and I hope there's some great visuals coming together for a somewhat darker Disney fantasy.