Disney to turn The Stuff of Legend graphic novel into a live-action CGI film

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Disney may be on to something here. Recent films such as Alice in Wonderland, which blended CGI with living actors, have proven to be a big financial success for the company, so naturally, they want to build on that market with some more properties.

The latest piece of fiction to be grabbed up by the House of Mouse? The Stuff of Legend, a film that will be based on the Mike Raicht, Brian Smith, and Charles Paul Wilson III graphic novel.

The film already has a script, from Shawn “Abduction” Christensen, and will be helmed by music video director Pete Candeland. According to the creators of the graphic novel, here’s a synopsis of what to expect;

The year is 1944. An allied force advances along a war-torn beach in a strange land, outnumbered and far from home. Together, they fight the greatest evil they have ever known. Never ending waves of exotic enemies come crashing down on them, but they will not rest.

Thousands of miles away, the world is on the brink of destruction. But here in a child’s bedroom in Brooklyn, our heroes, a small group of toys loyal to their human master, fight an unseen war to save him from every child’s worst nightmare.

Led by the toy soldier known as the Colonel and the boy’s faithful teddy-bear named Max, the toys enter the realm known as The Dark. There they will face off against the Boogeyman and his army– a legion of the boy’s forgotten, bitter toys.
Fighting to survive insurmountable odds, the toys will discover this is a battle not only for the soul of a child, but for their own as well…
It’s been a while since children have had a film that could potentially traumatise them. Hell, I still wake up screaming most nights, after dreaming of that black wolf from the Neverending Story.
As for director Candeland, his more well known work includes an intro for The Beatles: Rock Band and the recent Gorillaz video, Stylo.
Still, he happens to come from an animation background, and it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the project.

Last Updated: June 13, 2012

Darryn Bonthuys

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