So this happened this week.
I am torn between a great surge of joy, and a sudden sense of foreboding! We all saw Disney's last attempt!
My sentiments exactly. Although I think we can be assured that Disney is fully aware of the travesty they committed the first time around. It's a different world now and perhaps - just perhaps - they will find someone committed to staying true to the spirit of the books. We can hope.
Disney is just devouring ALL of the intellectual property these days. Part of me is happy, but part of me is... uncertain.
To be fair, they have owned this particular property for over 30 years. Every article is discussing this acquisition as though it were new, but it isn't. It's just their renewed interest in it that is surprising.
I've wanted live action films for years - this comic grew out of that desire, actually - but I would rather they not be made than be made /wrong/. And Disney's track record with book adaptations is...spotty.
"Spotty" is the best way to put it.
I have to say, I think this is good news for Prydain. If Disney screws up again, what have we lost? If it's a good movie, not only will fans enjoy it but a whole new generation will be introduced to our favorite story. And we also have to remember that Disney was at it's lowest point when it made The Black Cauldron. What with its success with Frozen, I think the quality and thoughtfulness of their films is increasing.
I can't help but be glad for anything that puts the Chronicles and their author back in the public eye. They are a legacy that deserves better than being shoved to the back of the bookstore shelves.
Disney can make a good flick, certainly. But they've also dropped some bombs, and they seem more likely to do so with live action for whatever reason. But films like the recent Cinderella give me great hope - proof that you can make a fairy tale in a completely sincere way, without cynicism or pandering to modernity.
The Black Cauldron was abominable on so many levels that they can't possibly do worse. Admittedly, I have set myself up for disappointment no matter what they do, because I've spent 20 years locking into my own vision of what I think this should be. I'm going to have to let go of my own myopia if I'm to enjoy this at all. :P
Ultimately I just hope they can find a writer and director who understand that this is not generic sword-and-sorcery fluff, but a universal and deeply human story full of pathos. That will treat it seriously and not like kiddie fare. It deserves better.
But if it flops...yes, we'll always have the books.
Well, this can turn out really interesting indeed. Here's to hoping!
I am hoping so, so hard.
I'm also thinking of starting a site or forum or board or something that can become a hub for the book fans to meet and discuss film news and related topics. Ruminating on that...
The problem with Disney's last attempt is that they tried to smash 2 books into a hour and a half long movie. I hope this attempt is a movie series!
One problem among many. As far as whether they'll do a series, that probably depends greatly on fan reaction, which they are sure to keep an eye on as they start pre-production. If people seem excited about it, they're far more likely to fund and promote it, and to commit to a series (which will then depend upon the success of each film, likely). There is some buzz within the fandom about the whole thing, so the best thing any of us can do is join in the conversation and prove to Disney that there is a willing audience waiting for them.
A few months before the news came out, I was imagining what it would be like when a live action film would be made (I even thought out who to cast). Not that I'm against all this, but when I found out, I was very, very excited but at the same time thoughtful because Disney makes movies suitable for younger audiences and might censor out some parts in the book for the movie. The Black Cauldron failed because they try to cram 2 books in 1 movie and because younger audiences might have had nightmares with the cauldron-born haha! But believe it or not, that movie led me to read the books because it wasn't that popular here in the Philippines. I'm hoping Disney doesn't screw this up (Eilonwy's ring would be handy haha!) And I'm hoping they give justice to the books (I would personally prefer Lloyd Alexander to direct the movie..RIP, The High King of Fantasy)
It looks more like an essay than a comment hahaha!
I LOOOOOOOVE long comments. :)
As for a live action film, I've been imagining that for 20 years, though I'd given up on it's ever happening. So my feelings are quite mixed, but I am willing to be optimistic, depending on how things play out.
I am grateful for The Black Cauldron cartoon whenever I hear that it led someone to the books, of course. In my opinion, that is its only redeeming quality.