Disney is returning to the land of Prydain. Variety is reporting that Disney has picked up the rights to The Prydain Chronicles, a five book fantasy series written by Lloyd Alexander in the 1960s. The books star an Assistant Pig-Keeper named Taran, the princess Eilonwy, and the failed bard Fflewddur Fflam and their quest to protect their Wales-esque homeland from the forces of the Land of Death.
Disney previously adapted the first two books of The Prydain Chronicles into the Black Cauldron animated film, which is notable for its surprisingly dark tone and lack of songs. The Black Cauldron was the first Disney animated film to earn a PG rating and was also the first Disney film to utilize computer generated effects. The Black Cauldron received mixed reviews and was a box office failure, which led to Disney delaying the movie’s home release for a full decade.
Per Variety’s report, Disney has yet to tap a producer, director or screenwriter for the film and it is unknown if they plan on adapting the movie as a live action or animated film.
Variety first reported that Disney has acquired the movie rights to The Chronicles of Prydain, and that the studio is in early development on the project, which has not yet been set with a producer, director or writer.
Based on five novels written by Lloyd Alexander and inspired by the Welsh mythology, the story is set in Prydain, a magical land engaged in a series of battles with its neighbor, Annuvin, the Land of Death. It follows the protagonist Taran Wanderer, from youth to maturity, an Assistant Pig-Keeper at Caer Dallben who initially dreams of being a grand hero.
Other key characters in his adventure are Princess Eilonwy, a girl his age, Fflewddur Fflam, a wandering bard and minor king, Gurgi, a wild hominid between animal and man, and Doli, a dwarf.