SAW Writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan Tackle THE STUFF OF LEGEND for Disney

     October 9, 2013


The screenwriters behind the last four Saw films (and Piranha 3DD for good measure) will next adapt a family-friendly live-action film for Disney.  Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton have been tapped to pen the treatment for The Stuff of Legend, adapted from the graphic novel written by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith and illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III.  Peter Candeland will direct the World War II-era story that centers on a group of toys who set out to rescue their owner from the clutches of the Boogeyman who dwells in the dark realm.  Hit the jump for more.

the-stuff-of-legendNews of Dunstan and Melton’s attachment to script The Stuff of Legend comes via Heat Vision.  Shawn Christensen was previously attached to adapt the property which Disney made a pre-emptive pitch deal for last year, but became unavailable when his Oscar-winning short, Curfew, was greenlit for a feature treatment.  With Christensen out of the picture, Melton and Dunstan will take over.  Their other efforts include a treatment for MGM’s production of The Outer Limits, and Warner Bros.’ Rise, as well as an uncredited rewrite for Pacific Rim.

Here’s the synopsis for the first book of The Stuff of Legend (via Amazon):

The year is 1944. As Allied forces fight the enemy on Europe’s war-torn beaches, another battle begins in a child’s bedroom in Brooklyn. When the nightmarish Boogeyman snatches a boy and takes him to the realm of the Dark, the child’s playthings, led by the toy soldier known as the Colonel, band together to stage a daring rescue. On their perilous mission they will confront the boy’s bitter and forgotten toys, as well as betrayal in their own ranks. Can they save the boy from the forces of evil, or will they all perish in the process? The Stuff of Legend is a haunting and ultimately redemptive tale of loyalty, camaraderie, and perseverance.

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