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Disney Options a Brand-New Fairy Tale Called ‘Sadé’

Diana Rolland / August 1, 2018

Disney has made billions releasing live-action remakes of animated classics that draw nostalgic adults and their children to the theaters like moths to a flame, but the House of Mouse might still have room for a few original ideas. Deadline reports that Disney has bought an original script for a new live-action fairy-tale called Sadé, written by Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer.

All we have right now is the elevator pitch, but it’s easy to see why Disney would want this classic story. The potential film is about a young girl named Sadé who, when her kingdom is threatened by a mysterious evil, must learn to accept her newfound magic power as a warrior princess to protect her homeland. She has to embrace what makes her special and save the kingdom. Throw in a handsome prince and, yeah, this is oozing Disney.

Sadé is co-written by newcomers Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer and will be produced by Rick Famuyiwa (The Chi, Dope). It will be the second Disney film to star a black princess after The Princess and the Frog way back in 2009. Given the unprecedented global success of Black Panther, it’s no wonder that Disney is eager to snap up the story of an African princess. We can’t wait for a big screen fairy-tale that explores how a young black girl can embrace what makes her special.

We’ll let you know when we learn more about Sadé!