In case you haven’t noticed, Disney is on a major live adaptation spree. Last year, they scored big with blockbuster spectacles “Maleficent” and “Cinderella,” which were based off two of their classic animated films. And they’re poised to keep doing the same, with “Alice in Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Mulan,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “The Jungle Book,” “Tinker Bell,” and “Dumbo” all on deck.
But the studio isn’t stopping there — they just announced another live action adaptation of one of their oldest and most beloved animated hits: the 1940 flick “Fantasia.”
Before you get too engrossed in trying to conceptualize how the animated ostriches and hippos in the ballet sequence will be brought to life, you should know there’s a catch: Only one segment from the movie is getting the real-life treatment (at least for now).
The iconic “Night on Bald Mountain” closing sequence from “Fantasia” has been chosen as Disney’s next project, beating out the film’s seven other musical segments. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who penned 2014’s “Dracula Untold,” are attached to write and executive produce, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Night on Bald Mountain” features music by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky and centers on a creepy winged creature named Chernabog that summons the dead from their graves. The result is just over 11 minutes of nightmare-inducing action featuring spirits dancing through the sky as the gargoyle-looking overlord grins a fantastically evil grin. Eventually, day breaks and a parade of torch-wielding monks sing “Ave Maria,” so ultimately it ends on a somewhat optimistic note.
Of course, the question on everyone’s minds is how in the world this dialogue-less, backstory-less sequence will be made into an entire movie. But that’s undoubtedly the fun part about this project — the writers and filmmakers will be able to dream up an entire plot based off a stunning clip of rich (albeit scary) imagery and music.
While we await more exciting news about the project (like which lucky actor will get to haunt our nightmares with their presumably terrifying portrayal of Chernabog), revisit the original sequence here: