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Disney Returns to ‘The Black Cauldron’ With ‘Chronicles of Prydain’ Movie

Chronicles of Prydain

Three decades after the release of “The Black Cauldron,” Disney has reacquired the rights to the children’s fantasy novels on which it is based.

Variety reports the studio is in early development on an adaptation of “The Chronicles of Prydain,” the five-book series by author Lloyd Alexander that draws upon Welsh mythology to tell the coming-of-age story of Taran, a lowly assistant pig-keeper who dreams of becoming a hero.

The first two novels, “The Book of Three” and “The Black Cauldron,” were previously adapted by Disney by as the 1985 animated fantasy adventure “The Black Cauldron,” in which the evil Horned King tries to secure a magical cauldron that will allow him to conquer the world.

That version was a box-office bomb, grossing just $21 million worldwide on a $44 million budget.

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  • http://picklepuss57.tumblr.com/ Picklepuss Dill

    I loved The Black Cauldron! I don’t remember it as being nearly as schmaltzy as other Disney cartoons were back then.

  • dekko

    I LOVED those books when I was a kid! :) And unlike LotR, this has a manageable sized-cast. Looking forward to seeing someone riding a giant kitty cat. (and this was before Battlecat :p)

  • Frodo-X

    Love this series of books, so I hope it works this time!

  • Christopher Szynkowski

    That’s one of the major reasons it bombed. At the time the general family going audiences weren’t ready for a dark disney film.

  • Prime

    Sometime bad movies make huge $$$$(Transformers) and sometimes very good movies are considered busts (The Black Cauldron). Movie audiences are hard to figure sometimes

  • Prime

    Sometime bad movies make huge $$$$(Transformers) and sometimes very good movies are considered busts (The Black Cauldron). Movie audiences are hard to figure sometimes

  • Shannie

    SUCH great stories! I was that weird kid that LOVED The Black Cauldron, but I was also that kid that wasn’t afraid of headless Princess Momby or the Wheelers. I still say hands-down Horned King is the scariest and most badass of the Disney villains; killing your own men to test out your undead army? Win. With the changes in Disney audiences and movie tastes, a redo might be gigantic if they did it without ruining the story (like smashing all five books into one movie, or having a song every two minutes).

  • Adam Hoffman

    People keep complaining about Disney remaking their stuff, but here’s a case where a remake is a good idea: when they have the chance to do it better the second time around.

  • Call Me Carlos the Dwarf

    YES! These books are as good as children’s literature gets.

    Hopefully they do it justice, this time.

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  • http://eziodefalco.blogspot.com EzioDF

    But this mean potential animation remake/sequel or live-action remake/sequel?

  • http://eziodefalco.blogspot.com EzioDF

    But this mean potential animation remake/sequel or live-action remake/sequel?

  • NeonViolence666

    with what they can do now Id love to see it.

    Liveaction would be the way to go since disney is killing it in that department.