Disney has had lots of success with its live action remakes of their animated movies, with “The Lion King”, “Aladdin” and “Maleficent” all being huge box office smashes.  It’s also got lots of other remakes in the works including “Robin Hood”, “Atlantis” and the upcoming Mulan film.

But it looks like Disney hasn’t finished raiding its vault, as according to insider Daniel Richtman, they have now begun development on a live action version of “The Black Cauldron”.

Very little is known about the project right now, since its in the very early stages of development.  No creative team or cast have yet been linked to the film, nor if it will be a theatrical or Disney+ release.

The original “Black Cauldron” movie was released in 1985 and was the first “PG” rated animated movie.  It was also the first Disney animated movie to feature computer generated graphics and at the time, it was the most expensive animated movie Disney had made, costing somewhere between $22 million and $44 million.  But it was a commercial failure, pulling in just $21 million at the US box office.

In the original animated movie, Taran is an assistant pigkeeper with boyish dreams of becoming a great warrior. However, he has to put the daydreaming aside when his charge, an oracular pig named Hen Wen, is kidnapped by an evil lord known as the Horned King. The villain hopes Hen will show him the way to The Black Cauldron, which has the power to create a giant army of unstoppable soldiers.

Nothing has been officially announced by Disney yet.

The original “Black Cauldron” is available now on Disney+.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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  1. Cliff June 5, 2020

    I would love too see the series of books broken down into chapters of a tv series. The books are amazing, the movie as a stand alone film was " a complicated beautiful mess" I think the only way to truly do justice to this epic series is to turn it into either a tv series or turn it into a film franchise like lord of the rings or hobbit... Rather than calling it "the black cauldron" they should go with the series title "chronicles of prydain" with the title of each book in the banner. Example* CHRONICLES OF PRYDAIN: The Black Cauldron Either way it will be great to see new life breathed into old and perhaps forgotten/swept under the rug titles!

    1. Robert Magyar April 4, 2022

      Totally agree... they could do a 6 part movie series in live action so well, with the High King being part 1 and part 2... so 6 great Disney movies in the fashion of, like you said, The Lord of the Rings, (Or Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean) then even room for a prequel or 7th movie just as the books had a prequel book...