Walt Disney Animation Studios has resurrected King of the Elves, hiring Horrible Bosses screenwriter Michael Markowitz to adapt the Philip K. Dick short story, Variety reports.
The project was announced by Disney in 2008 alongside Rapunzel (renamed Tangled) and Pixar’s Wall-E, The Bear and the Bow (renamed Brave) and Newt. Although initially planned for release in 2012, King of the Elves was shelved in late 2009, followed by Newt in April 2010.
Published in 1953, the story centers on a group of elves and one dwarf that names a human as their king after he saves them from an evil troll.
Chris Williams, co-director and writer of Bolt, is shepherding the feature, which is being eyed for a holiday 2013 release. John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, is producing the project with Chuck Williams.
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