Thursday, May 26, 2016

Another Kind of Pirates: Disney Acquires 'Delilah Dirk', Plans Live-Action Adaptation


Say it ain't so! Disney apparently has another live-action movie on their docket that isn't a remake of one of the iconic Disney animated classics.

Deadline reports that the company has acquired the graphic novel series Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. The series, created by Tony Cliff, is about a 19th century warrior girl - who has been described as an Indiana Jones-type - who fights pirates and goes on global adventures with her flying boat. It sounds too cool not to be made, but... This is Disney's live-action movie division we're talking about here.

They've been rather risk-averse lately, and tend to have this thing where they announce projects but don't really follow through with them. Hey I understand, why invest in stuff that doesn't make $500 million at the worldwide box office when you can make more stuff that easily makes over $500 million at the worldwide box office? Disney's doing what any smart corporation would do, especially coming off of a long string of live-action money-losers like Tomorrowland, John Carter of Mars, The Lone Ranger, Prince of Persia, Prince Caspian, and several others.

This contrasts heavily with how their first couple of live-action remakes have done. Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and The Jungle Book have all topped $700 million worldwide, and live-action Cinderella made nearly 6x its relatively small budget. They reportedly plan to get going on things like A Wrinkle in Time, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and Jungle Cruise... But I'll only believe they're actually happening when... They begin production, when cameras are rolling...

The BFG is the next live-action Disney film after this weekend's Alice Through the Looking Glass, and honestly, I don't see it doing a thing. Dodgy release date, meh marketing, they're pretty much tossing it. Heck, even Pete's Dragon might be a loss.

If this movie ever comes to fruition, it'll be produced by Roy Lee, Mark Mower, and Justin Giritkian. Also, if it ever gets the greenlight, will they whitewash it? I actually think this kind of film should be a Walt Disney Animation Studios project, but that's also asking for too much, no? I think animation is perfect for this kind of big-scale adventure stuff, plus you have a swashbuckling heroine here. You can't go wrong, but live-action it'll be if it moves ahead.

Anyways, I love the idea, I hope it gets made in some way. What say you?

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