The ‘Gargoyles’ live-action movie is back on track at Disney with a famous director we never would have guessed

Not even the smartest person saw her coming: according to the Belfast Telegraph, Kenneth Branagh’s next project as a director after ‘Mystery in Venice’ could be directing the live action movie ‘Gargoyles’ (‘Gargoyles’)based on the classic Disney animated series from the 90s. However, the creator of the series, greg weismanhas pointed out on his Twitter that “this is not entirely true”… Which leaves us even more confused.


The series of drawings, a nostalgic icon of the millennial generation, followed a group of stone gargoyles that they transformed into monstrous creatures of flesh and blood at nightfall. Initially, these beings lived in medieval Scotland, but were betrayed and cursed to remain frozen in stone until the castle “rose above the clouds”. After being transported to a modern-day New York City skyscraper, the curse is broken and they reawaken.serving as night protectors of the city.


‘Gargoyles’ stood out for its dark tone and its plot arcs are much more complex than what Disney used to propose in its animated series for television. The series ran for three seasons before it was cancelled, but it quickly developed a passionate fan base that has made it a cult product for the past three decades and an epoch-making animated series.

The last time rumors of a live-action adaptation to the big screen surfaced, in 2018, Jordan Peele himself from ‘Nope’ and ‘Let me out’ was in charge of the project but we never heard from him again. what a director so Shakespearean as Branagh running as the director may seem weird to say the leastbut the filmmaker has been collaborating with Disney for a few years now on films such as the live-action ‘Cinderella’, the first installment of ‘Thor’ and the franchise starring Hercule Poirot (which began at 20th Century Fox), which so far includes ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, ‘Death on the Nile’ and the next ‘Death in Venice’, which will be released in September of this year.

kenneth branagh in "death on the nile"

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‘Death in Venice’ takes place in post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve and finds Hercule Poirot retired and living in self-imposed exile in the world’s most glamorous city. After reluctantly attending a celebration in a haunting and decadent palace, the detective is plunged into a sinister world of shadows and secrets when one of the guests is murdered. In addition to Branagh, the film stars Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Michelle Yeoh.

Branagh is also one of the countless familiar faces from one of the summer premieres: ‘Opppenheimer’, by Christopher Nolan. The actor gets into the skin of the Danish physicist Niels Bohralthough his role is little more than testimonial.

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The ‘Gargoyles’ live-action movie is back on track at Disney with a famous director we never would have guessed