There’s absolutely no official confirmation of this yet, but several rumours and a clear change to an official website suggest that Disney have ditched their long in the works adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s short story, King of the Elves. The film was being directed by Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker.

When I was out at the animation studios in Burbank earlier this month there was a lot of great-looking Elves artwork dotted about the place. What looked like CG tests for the elf characters showed a great deal of detail and texture, more akin to something like Avatar than a more stylised Pixar picture. As the only images I saw of human characters were sketches or hand drawn concept art I’m not sure what the ultimate aesthetic plan actually added up to.

Interesting note: you can see from the storyboard sketch above that this would have been another Disney film with a Black lead character.

To cut a long story short, I’d be very disappointed to see this film frozen out. What evidence is there that it’s on the scrap heap?

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