Disney Developing Movie from “Black Cauldron” Book Series

As Variety reports, Disney has acquired the rights to the Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander and are in the early process of developing them for the screen. The five-book series was published in the 1960s and may be familiar to Disney fans as the first two novels were adapted into the infamous 1985 animated film The Black Cauldron.


From Variety:

The five novels by Lloyd Alexander, based on Welsh mythology, were published annually from 1964 to 1968 and followed the protagonist Taran from youth to maturity. He’s an assistant pig-keeper but initially dreams of being a grand hero.

The books are set in the magical land of Prydain, which resembles ancient Wales and is engaged in a series of battles with Annuvin, the Land of Death.

Other key characters are the young princess Eilonwy, the bard Fflewddur Fflam and a wild creature named Gurgi.

The books are “The Book of Three,” “The Black Cauldron,” “The Castle Llyr,” “Taran Wanderer” and “The High King.” The final book won the John Newbery Medal, given by the Association for Library Service to Children.

As mentioned, the project is still in early development. Neither a writer nor director is attached at this time.