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Disney reviving KING OF THE ELVES and prepping THE HILL

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 30th, 2011

Originally announced all the way back in 2008, one of Disney’s most talked about projects is their still-gestating project entitled KING OF THE ELVES. With the director’s chair in flux, BOLT helmer Chris Williams had taken over for Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker, the film’s future was put into question almost as fast as it was announced.

However, it looks like Disney still wants to bring it to the big screen.  Variety is reporting that HORRIBLE BOSSES scribe Michael Markowitz will write the film, which will follow “a band of elves and one dwarf living in the Mississippi Delta who tap a human as their king after he saves them from an evil troll.” It is based off of a Philip K. Dick short story.

And in other Disney news, THR is reporting that the studio has hired Jason Dean Hall to pen THE HILL, an action-adventure film set on the Matterhorn, based on the Matterhorn ride at Disneyland. The ride was “inspired by Walt Disney's desire for a toboggan-themed roller coaster as well as thoughts he had after an extended trip to Switzerland, the site of the famed mountain. The ride, a centerpiece of the park, was refurbished in 1978, with one of the upgrades being the addition of three automatronic Abominable Snowmen (aka Yetis) who growl at riders.”

The film will follow five adventurers who are called to the mountain, and ultimately encounter a Yetis on their journey. Personally, I think both projects here are really intriguing, particularly ELVES. A fan of Philip K. Dick, the story could make for a really engaging animated feature, and with regards to THE HILL, the film world can always use more action-adventure films, so here’s hoping this one can fill that void.

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