Disney’s live-action adaptation sub-genre continues to grow with another of their films, Atlantis: The Lost Empire live-action, in the early stages of development.
For almost a decade, Disney tends to turn its popular animated movie into live-action. It’s worth mentioning some prominent names such as Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, Magnificient, Aladdin, etc. However, not every work from the Mouse House has a smooth approach to its beloved audiences. During the coronavirus pandemic, Disney was compelled to delay Mulan. Mulan is a major step away from the original animated film without the musical numbers and animal sidekicks, along with being the first adaptation to earn a PG-13 rating.
It is reported that two other live-action adaptations are in development at the film giant, namely, Hercules and Robin Hood. Following the billion-dollar success of Aladdin, the movie will have a sequel too.
According to The IIIuminerdi, Disney is developing an Atlantis: The Lost Empire live-action adaptation. The original movie was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, and the screenplay was in hands of Tab Murphy. Atlantis: The Lost Empire was released in 2001 and brought the box office of $186M worldwide.
Atlantis, unlike many Disney animated films, wasn’t a musical, instead, it was an adventure movie with obvious Jules Verne influences. Atlantis may not have performed as well as other Disney films at the box-office, but it has become a cult classic.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire, set in 1914, follows a young underappreciated academic, Milo Thatch, who is trying to find a way to prove his deceased grandfather, Thadius Thatch, was right about the ancient society Atlantis. An old friend of Thadius’ gifts Milo with an ancient book Thadius found on an expedition and funds Milo’s search for the lost city of Atlantis. Milo and a crew of adventurers set off on an expedition to find the ancient civilization, but soon learn Atlantis is not an extinct civilization like they expected.
Milo and the crew meet the inhabitants of the unexpectedly thriving city including their princess, Kida. Milo helps Kida discover the truth of The Heart Of Atlantis, the mysterious power source that has kept the city and its people safe and alive since it sank into the sea hundreds of years ago. However, the crew that Milo traveled with has more nefarious plans for the ancient power source.
The expedition crew includes some interesting characters including an Italian demolitions expert named Vinny Santorini, a French geologist nicknamed Mole because he acts like the underground creature, Dr. Joshua Sweet the team medic a usually upbeat fast-talking man of African-American and Native-American descent, Audrey Ramirez, a Puerto Rican teenage mechanic and the youngest member of the crew, as well as Wilhelmina Packard the sarcastic old battle-ax radio operator for the crew.
Part of the movie’s cult following is due to the unique animation style that was used. The animation was largely based on the style of Mike Mignola, the comic book artist who created Hellboy. The movie also featured an Atlantean language that was created for the film by Marc Okrand, who also developed the Klingon language for Star Trek which is used in the television shows and movies. John Emerson designed the Atlantean written language. The Atlantean “A” is notably designed to look like a treasure map of the city leading to the placement of The Heart Of Atlantis. This action-packed adventure film should be a fun live-action adaptation.