Producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s upcoming “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is not your grandmother’s Disney film. Based on the classic short segment from “Fantasia” featuring a wizardly Mickey Mouse, dancing broomsticks and all other forms of magic, Bruckheimer’s updated “Sorcerer” brings the famous tale into the 21st century with all of the big bada-booms we’ve come to expect from the man responsible for “Armageddon,” “Con Air” and “Pearl Harbor.”
In fact, Bruckheimer’s unique take on the beloved yarn has left many of the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” cast and crew wondering: If they could pick any classic Disney cartoon for Bruckheimer to put his explosive stamp on, what would it be?
“I think ’The Little Mermaid,’ ” leading lady Teresa Palmer told MTV News at the New York premiere of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Palmer added that she would be up for playing the titular undersea dweller, saying: “I think I could play Ariel. I’ve sort of got the mermaid thing [going on].”
Director Jon Turteltaub offered a very different and infinitely darker proposition. “I want to do ’Old Yeller’ where the dog kills the person,” he said. “It would totally be the flip. PETA would love that movie!”
Nicolas Cage, who plays the titular sorcerer, eagerly pointed out that a live-action “Bambi” adaptation would be “pretty fascinating” to watch, though he said he wouldn’t like to star in the film. “I don’t think I’d be in that movie,” he said. “I’d just like to see some deer running around in a live-action ’Bambi’ movie.”
Cage’s co-star Jay Baruchel couldn’t think of a Disney cartoon that he’d like to bring the Bruck-hammer down on, so he went the old live-action route with “The Black Hole.” “It’s not based on an animated movie, but if only for those crazy robots, that would be it,” he said.
Actor Gregory Woo said he thinks “people would look at me and think I could only do ’Mulan,’ but I don’t think that’s true.”
Perhaps Woo would be interested in the challenge of a live-action “Dumbo” film, Cage’s other favorite possibility for a Bruckheimer-style Disney remake. “That would be pretty special,” Cage said of “Dumbo” with a smile. “I don’t think I could play that part. I could try, but I think it’d be a stretch.”
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