It’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.
Via : Deadline