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By Claude Brodesser and Cathy Dunkley
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - "The Lion King" helmer Rob Minkoff will direct and produce the Mouse House's planned remake of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" -- the 1938 animated short that would later appear in Disney's 1940 picture "Fantasia."
Minkoff, who also helmed both "Stuart Little" pictures, will use similar live-action and computer animation techniques to create a new film inspired by the short.
The script will be written by David Berenbaum, a graduate of the Disney inhouse screenwriters program who recently set up his Will Ferrell (news) starrer "Elf" at New Line Cinema.
The original version of "Sorcerer's Apprentice" was based on a fairytale poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and a concerto by French composer Paul Dukas. Mickey Mouse played the apprentice whose misuse of the sorcerer's powers wreaks havoc.