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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo set to direct Disney's live-action The Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone

Story by Jack Foley

JUAN Carlos Fresnadillo looks set to direct Disney’s live-action remake of the studio’s 1963 animated fantasy The Sword in the Stone.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker – best known for zombie thriller 28 Weeks Later, is in final negotiations.

Loosely based on TH White’s novel of the same name, The Sword in the Stone takes a light-hearted view of the legend of King Arthur, focusing on the young Arthur being mentored by the magician Merlin.

However, the remake looks set to adopt a darker tone, given Fresnadillo’s expertise with working on weightier subject matter. He also helmed the 2011 horror movie Intruders as well as the pilots for USA thriller Falling Water and CBS’ end-of-the-world drama Salvation.

The script is being written by Bryan Cogman, a writer-producer on HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones – yet another indicator of the darker tone of this latest live-action remake.

The Sword in the Stone is actually the second Arthurian-themed project the studio is developing as it is also working on The Merlin Saga, with Ridley Scott potentially being lined up to direct the tale of the powerful wizard’s rise.