Filmmaker Kevin Smith has been having fun lately directing episodes of “The Flash” and “Supergirl” which have been enough of a success for him to have meetings about other potential film and TV projects.
Of course this leads to him discussing projects he’d love to take a shot at, and on his Fatman on Batman podcast he touched upon how the success of “Pete’s Dragon” has given him the idea for a new take on another Disney live-action classic – the Angela Lansbury-led 1971 tale “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”:
“Bedknobs and Broomsticks can be remade today. That movie can so f–king work today. In a world where Disney’s like, ‘Pete’s Dragon!’ and s–t like that… Hey! I will f–king suck d–k Disney to make the remake of Bedknobs and Broomsticks. That movie f–king has it all, dude: witches battling f–king Nazis with f–king ghosts wearing armor…kids and cartoon under the seas where they play f–king soccer.”
Set in Great Britain during the second World War, three orphan children find themselves under the care of Miss Eglantine Price (Lansbury), a friendly witch-in-training who grants them a magic bed. With it, and the help of her witchcraft correspondence school chief (David Tomlinson), they go in search for the witch’s final spell which she believes will help defeat the Nazis – a spell for ‘substitutiary locomotion’ which gives life to inanimate objects.
The film boasted musical numbers, a visit to an animated fantasy land, amusing magical elements, and an ending involving an army of medieval armor come to life taking on the Nazis. Disney has many of its animated features being remade as live-action properties, it wouldn’t be a surprise if some of their other live-action films of that era such as “Blackbeard’s Ghost,” “Candleshoe,” or “The World’s Greatest Athlete” score remakes.