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Disney to turn Night on Bald Mountain Fantasia sequence into live-action movie


Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY has turned to one of its most iconic animations, Fantasia, as inspiration for another live-action movie in the style of Maleficent.

The studio giant is working on an adaptation of the sequence The Night on Bald Mountain, which focuses on a creature who raises spirits from the dead, who then go on to dance, fly and generally cause trouble.

The new version is being penned and produced by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who also wrote last year’s Dracula Untold and the forthcoming Vin Diesel adventure The Last Witch Hunter.

The original section was accompanied by music from Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky. It was one of a series of animated sequences that comprised the 1940 movie, including the Mickey Mouse short, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

News of the reboot follows the success of both Maleficent, which made $758m (£495m) worldwide, and Cinderella, which has made $531m.

It also joins a long list of forthcoming live action adaptations, including Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan and The Jungle Book.

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