Disney Plans Toy Story-esque The Stuff of Legend

Walt Disney Pictures LogoIt’s a little hard to read the logline for Disney’s latest venture, a live-action/CGI adaptation of the comic book “The Stuff of Legend” without immediately thinking “Toy Story”. A darker, grittier, more violent version of “Toy Story”, anyway. But, you know, live action-ish.

Based on the comic book of the same name by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith (with art by Charles Paul Wilson III), “The Stuff of Legend” has been snatched up by Disney as a directing gig for commercial director Pete Candeland. So what’s it all about?

A young boy in 1944 is abducted by the Boogeyman, dragged by the ankles into the closet realm known as The Dark. The boy’s puppy rallies his toys to follow his master in a rescue mission. Once in the closet, each of those toys become menacingly large and agile creatures who engage in a war with the Boogeyman’s forces. Those armies are comprised of the other toys stored in the closet, a mix medieval knights, cowboys and toy soldiers.

Like I said — a slightly darker, grittier-ish version of “Toy Story”. Then again, they could end up going completely the kiddie route. It worked for “Toy Story”.

The studio has also set Shawn Christensen (of “Abduction” fame) to adapt the property for them, with the idea to make a film like Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, using live action set in a CGI world. Christensen and Candeland brought the property to Disney’s attention and made the sales pitch themselves.

Disney is apparently doubling down on the Candeland business. (Hell, the guy’s name sounds like a Disney theme park ride.) Besides snatching up “The Stuff of Legend” for him to direct and develop, the studio has also set Candeland to adapt a live-action movie based on their “Mr. Toad’s Wide Ride” theme park ride for them.

Stuff of Legend Comic Book

Via : Deadline



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  • Juggernaut

    What they should have doen is bought the rights to the story and adapted it into Toy Story 4. With each of the pivitol toys becoming askewed in the “dark” realm in order to save their new owner from the end of TS3, Bonnie. Introduce new, evil toys who have been forsaken to the closet to be The Boogeyman’s army. Hasbro has been on a kick lately with trying to commision all of their toys into film deals so this would be a great outlet for that.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I like that take, but I think having the orignal story works better. Toy Story has already gone on longer than any othe Pixar franchise, much to my dismay as I think other properties could use the sequel love.

      • Juggernaut

        I see what you’re saying although I would love to see a grizzled, battle worn, shell shocked, Prometheus styled Buzz, steady handed, gritty, tombstone-esque lawman Woody, ferocious, terrifying, razor toothed Rex along with Dolly the warrior princess and her fiery steed Buttercup the unicorn, the evil clown Chuckles and 007 style Mr. Pricklepants!!!

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Oh I got you trust me! But Disney would never do that. LoL. Unless it’s a game. Look at Epic Mickey. Now do i see them putting something like that on screen? not so much?

        • W.A.S

          Ive seen some pretty crazy fan art that kind of gos with what you described, mostly just Buzz and Woody. I would also like to see that idea come to the big screen but im going to have to agree with Dedpool on diney not doing that.

          • Juggernaut

            Yeah, you guys are right but it would be cool!

  • kraven

    it would rock if Disney had an arm that handled the darker side of film. the boogeyman conjures up all kinds of badness and fright and deadly oversized zombie like toys in the dark doing battle sounds pretty wicked. worried Disney might just add a little too much light on the subject. i am still hoping one day Sebastien of Bladerunner comes back to life and builds an army of toys that cause mass carnage as retribution against the Tyrell corp. just thinkin.