Making another visit to its animated vault, Disney is developing a live-action feature based on the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence from its 1940 classic "Fantasia."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless ("The Last Witch Hunter," "Dracula Untold") will write and produce the project.
The memorable segment -- one of eight in the original animated film -- is based on a piece by 19th-century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, and featured a wing demon summoning evil spirits and restless souls from their graves to Bald Mountain. They're driven back at dawn by the sound of the Angelus bell.
Citing unnamed sources, the website contends the approach to the live-action film will be similar to what Disney did last year with its hit "Maleficent." That should come as little surprise, as the reimagining of "Sleeping Beauty" seems to have provided a blueprint for a lot of the studio's current plans, including the recently released "Cinderella" and planned live-action takes on "Pete's Dragon," "The Jungle Book," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Dumbo."
"Maleficent" grossed more than $758 million worldwide.