Could a live-action adaptation of Gargoyles be heading to the silver screen with Sir Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Hamlet) on board to direct? According to reports from the Belfast Telegraph, we could finally see the fan-favorite Disney animated show from the 90s get the live-action remake treatment from Disney.

The Original Gargoyles Show

Collider, citing the Belfast Telegraph, reports that Branagh will be the next big name to direct a live-action remake of a beloved Disney IP. First premiering in 1994 and concluding its run in 1997, Gargoyles follows a clan of gargoyles led by Goliath (Keith David, Mass Effect) who’ve been transplanted from 10th-century Scotland to modern-day New York, cursed to live out their lives as stone by day and alive, protecting the city and its people, only at night.

Gargoyles was praised for its original idea and dramatic and complex storylines, which include but also span well beyond the typical plots and tropes of superhero media. It’s also well-known for tackling Shakespearean themes, something which would be right up Kenneth Branagh’s alley.

Crew shot of the cast of Gargoyles.

Gargoyles is one of the many stand-out cartoons from the 90s, and featured a stunning voice cast with Jonathan Frakes, Ed Asner, Salli Richardson, Marina Sirtis, and Bill Faggerbakke rounding out the supporting cast.

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Conflicting Reports: Is the Gargoyles Movie Happening?

However, series creator Greg Weisman (Young Justice, Spectacular Spider-Man) recently took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to shut down rumors that this movie is even happening.

The most interesting thing about this topic is that a live-action movie for Gargoyles has been in development hell for decades. In July 2011, G.I Joe: Rise of the Cobra writers David Elliot and Paul Lovett were hired to pen a script for a film adaptation of the franchise. Later, in July 2018, Jordan Peele pitched his own version to Disney, which apparently wasn’t picked up; Weisman, talking with ComingSoon about Peele’s pitch, stated, “The fact that he gave a damn about Gargoyles, knew what it was, and knew who I am, was tremendously gratifying. Nothing really came of it, unfortunately, but I can’t say I wasn’t thrilled by it. It was neat.”

Ultimately, it’s unclear how accurate these current reports of a remake are. Presumably, Weisman would know. But on the other hand, even 25 years after the show ended its original run, the fanbase for Gargoyles is still very strong; a comic series is currently out with Weisman serving as a writer, and Disney has announced that they’re remaking the classic Sega Gargoyles game for current consoles.

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There’s definitely a lot of interest in seeing Goliath and friends back on the screen, be it big or small.

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