‘The Stuff of Legend’ moving forward at Disney?

Stuff of Legend

While the genres of horror and children’s entertainment aren’t exactly best buds, when done the right way as we’ve seen with directors Tim Burton and Henry Selick or author Neil Gaiman, they go together like bacon and eggs.

Being the biggest genre fan on Earth (big call, I know!) you can imagine my pants tightening delight when I read that Walt Disney Pictures has just made a deal to produce a big screen animated adaptation of the 2009 graphic novel series The Stuff of Legend from Th3rd World Studios. Having also managed to entice Saw franchise writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, Walt Disney Studios’ recent output, especially with films such as Alice in Wonderland and their upcoming Maleficent, fill me with confidence and sweaty anticipation.

It’s Toy Story down the rabbit hole, dark, twisted, enchanting and very del Toro-esque.

Written by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith, The Stuff of Legend takes place in 1944 Brooklyn, New York. A rag tag group of toys go on a journey into a mysterious place called the Dark Realm to rescue their owner, a young boy kidnapped by the Boogeyman. In the Dark Realm, a twisted world located inside the boy’s closet, they are changed. They become life sized and macabre versions of their former selves, with working weapons and, in the teddy bear’s case, teeth. As they venture further into the Dark Realm, they battle the Boogeyman’s henchmen, mostly bitter, lost toys, fallen under the fearful powers of their Dark master.

It’s almost like Woody, Buzz and the rest of the Toy Story gang poisoned by Joker venom, and given the success of other animated films of a similar tone such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride and Coraline I think The Stuff of Legend could be the stuff of nightmarish dreams.

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