This creepy sequence from Fantasia is being turned into a live action movie

Disney have already greenlit remakes of Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book and Dumbo – now it's the turn of 1940s classic Fantasia


You thought Disney had greenlit live action remakes of just about all their classic animations, didn’t you? With Cinderella and Maleficent already released in cinemas – and Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Pinocchio, Mulan, Dumbo and more in the works – the studio are certainly milking our nostalgic affection for their back catalogue.


But no, there’s more. And this latest live action remake isn’t even based on an entire film: instead it’s inspired by a ten-minute sequence in 1940 flick Fantasia.

Night on Bald Mountain – a creepy segment of Walt Disney’s animated classic – sees a winged creature known as the Devil Chernabog revive a spirits from the dead. They dance and fly through the air to the tune of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s music, before fading away as the sun begins to rise.

Now the storyline is being transformed into a whole film, penned by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless – the duo behind last year’s Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans. The pair are also executive-producing the project which is in early development at the studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


Fantasia consists of Night on Bald Mountain plus seven additional animated segments set to different pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski. It was met with critical acclaim at the time of release in 1940 and has since inspired a sequel – Fantasia 2000 – a live concert, video games and even theme park rides.

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