- Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Monica Bellucci, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Toby Kebbell, Omar Benson Miller, Peyton List, Robert Capron, Ali Khan, Jake Cherry, Nicole Ehinger, Jabari Gray, Manish Dayal, Owen J. Murphy, Robert Feeley, Marshall Factora, Gregory Woo, Jen Kucsak, Aristedes Philip DuVal
- Director: Jon Turteltaub
- Writers: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Matt Lopez
- Producers: Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Matt Lopez, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Johann Wolfgang Goethe
- Executive Producers: Oren Aviv, Nicolas Cage, Todd Garner, Norman Golightly, Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Barry H. Waldman
- Art Directions: David Lazan, David Swayze
- Casting: Ronna Kress
- Costume Design: Michael Kaplan
- D.O.P.: Bojan Bazelli
- Editor: William Goldenberg
- Makeups: Craig Lyman, Bernadette Mazur
- Music: Trevor Rabin
- Production Design: Naomi Shohan
- Set Decoration: George DeTitta Jr.
A new live action comedy-adventure loosely based on the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of Disney's Fantasia. In modern day Manhatten, the master sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Nicholas Cage) attempts to protect the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina), an evil wizard with nefarious plans. Horvath is determined to claim New York City for his own evil purposes, and enlists an illusionist (Tony Kebbell) to help him toward that end. Given the formidable forces working against him, Blake does not feel that he can accomplish this mission alone. To help in his venture, he seeks out a seemingly average guy, Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), who is recruited to be Blake's apprentice. Stutler is initially skeptical, and reluctant to get involved, but eventually is convinced by Blake to help in this cause. Blake gives Stutler a crash course in magic, and mishaps invariably ensue. There is also a love interest in peril angle to the storyline that provides additional motivation for Stutler. Together, Blake and Stutler take on Horvath in a classic good versus evil struggle.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Brooklyn, USA; New York City, USA
- Production Companies: Broken Road Productions, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Junction Entertainment, Saturn Films, Walt Disney Pictures
- Production Schedule: March 2008 - June 2008
2010 Guide Analysis: "Though said to be a "live action re-imagining" of the famous Mickey Mouse short sequence from "Fantasia", this Bruckheimer-produced fantasy family film resembles both it and its original Goethe-penned poem originator in name only it would seem. Otherwise it's a fairly familiar mentor/student film albeit the mentor looking like a bum who can shoot blue bolts from his hands.
Molina as the gentlemen wizard villain of the piece and Monica Bellucci as Cage's ex-flame are the only casting here to get excited about. "National Treasure" series helmer Jon Turtletaub in the director's chair means it'll be crowd-friendly enough, certainly the visual effects actually looked quite good at certain points in the trailer. Maybe it'll surprise."