Stuff of Legend Comic Book Optioned

June 13, 2012 Disney recently announced that they have made a pitch deal to adapt Mike Raicht and Brian Smith’s graphic novel Stuff of Legend. Pete Candeland (Balto) would direct the film and Shawn Christensen (Abduction) would write the script.  Jake Wagner will executive produce.

This would be the second recent Disney project for Candeland, who is best known for his work with animation and for creating and directing music videos for The Gorillaz, according to Candeland also worked with Paul McCartney to create the cinematic opening for The Beatles Rock Band for Harmonix.

Stuff of Legend, illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III, is set in 1944. It tells the story of a boy who is abducted by the Boogeyman and taken to a closet realm known as The Dark. The boy’s puppy organizes a group of toys to embark on a rescue mission. Once in the closet, each of the toys morphs into a more powerful creature and together they wage war on the Boogeyman’s forces.

The intention, according to Deadline, is to make a live-action film set in a CGI world, like Alice in Wonderland.

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