Dis has Cage conjured up for 'Sorcerer'


Nicolas Cage is attached star in a live-action feature film version of the classic tale of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" for Walt Disney Pictures. Cage and his Saturn Film partner Norm Golightly are teaming with Todd Garner's Broken Road Prods. to produce.

Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal are writing the screenplay, which takes its inspiration from Johann Wolfgang Goethe's original poem, which in turn was the inspiration for the classic Mickey Mouse animated sequence from Disney's 1940 classic "Fantasia."

"Sorcerer" is being envisioned as a tentpole fantasy adventure set in contemporary New York, where a powerful sorcerer is in need of an apprentice. Cage would play the sorcerer.

While not based on a ride like the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, the in-development project continues Disney's trend of reimagining classic Disney titles as live-action, event pictures.

No director is attached.

Brigham Taylor is overseeing for Disney. Ben Haber will oversee the project for Broken Road.

Broken Road and Saturn are producing "Next," a thriller starring Cage that Paramount will release domestically in the spring. Garner and Matt Alvarez are producing "Are We Done Yet?" the Ice Cube sequel to "Are We There Yet?"

Cage, who next stars in Columbia's "Ghost Rider," and Saturn are producing Sci Fi Channel's "The Dresden Files." Cage is repped by CAA.

Konner and Rosenthal, repped by Endeavor, have worked on such films as last year's "Flicka" and "Eragon." Their credits include "I, Robot" and "Mona Lisa Smile."