Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
Having previously found success with both the Chronicles of Narnia and Toy Story franchises, Disney’s just acquired a pitch for a project that sounds like a combination of the two. The studio has signed a deal to adapt The Stuff of Legend, a graphic novel series published by Th3rd World Studios. Music video and commercial director Pete Candeland is set to direct the live-action/animation hybrid film, from a script by Shawn Christensen (Abduction). More details after the jump.
The Stuff of Legend comes from writers Mike Raicht and Brian Smith, and illustrator Charles Paul Wilson III. Here’s the official description of their series:
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…
Deadline compares the project’s combination of live-action and animation to Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, which also placed live actors and motion into a CG setting.
Candeland’s best known work includes music videos for The Gorillaz and the intro for The Beatles: Rock Band, and commercials for Jack Daniel’s and Coke Zero. His relationship with Disney goes back to the ’90s, when he served as an animator on their TV shows like Bonkers and Aladdin. More recently, he also signed on to develop the Disney theme park attraction Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride as a live-action/CG feature.
Check out Candeland’s intro for “The Beatles: Rock Band”:
And here’s his video for The Gorillaz’ “Stylo”: