Rumors of a Disney NeverEnding Story 2024 remake debunked – for now

Ella Kipling September 22, 2022
Rumors of a Disney NeverEnding Story 2024 remake debunked – for now
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In 1984, the cult classic movie The NeverEnding Story was released. Based on the novel of the same name, it told the story of a young boy who comes across a magical book that tells of a young warrior given the task of stopping the Nothing from engulfing the world of Fantasia.

Now, almost 40 years later, rumors have started to emerge on Twitter about a potential Disney remake of the film in 2024. While a poster has been circulating on Twitter, there is no real solid basis for the rumor.

Let’s take a look at what fans have to say, if we could actually be getting a NeverEnding Story reboot, and what the author has said about the original film.

Rumors of a NeverEnding Story remake are sparked

Rumors of a Disney remake in 2024 of The NeverEnding Story have been circulating on Twitter, with many users actually sharing an image of what appears to be a Disney poster for the film. The poster simply says the words “Disney,” “The NeverEnding Story,” and the date “2024” at the bottom.

“Just read that there might be a remake of The NeverEnding Story coming in 2024 and if it’s true…. i’ll absolutely lose my mind,” one Twitter user said.

Another tweeted: “I’m sure it’s fake, but I’m seeing that Disney is remaking Neverending Story in 2024. The ONLY WAY I’ll watch it.”

However, it is likely that the rumors are not true, as Disney has not confirmed anything. Additionally, Deadline reported just a few weeks ago that “a handful of streamers and studios, on both sides of the Atlantic,” are attempting to get their hands on the screen rights.

According to Scary Mommy, Disney does not own the rights to the book on which the original movie was based, so there is another fact pointing towards the rumor being fake.

Exploring the unsuccessful remake attempt in 2011

This is not the first time there has been interest in a NeverEnding Story remake. Over ten years ago, there were reports that Warner Bros, Kennedy/Marshall Company and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way weer working on another adaptation.

However, in 2011, Kathleen Kennedy said that the adaptation was “not meant to be” due to difficulties securing the rights to the story.

She said: “It’s too bad, because there’s an opportunity with that book because it’s so beautifully written, but I guess it’s not meant to be.”

Michael Ende dubs original film “revolting”

Michael Ende, the writer of The Neverending Story, actually hated the film adaptation of his 1979 book. According to Buzzfeed, he requested that his name be removed from the credits and called the movie “revolting” whilst at a German press conference.

Ende also said: “My moral and artistic existence is at stake in this film.”

Ende’s works have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 20 million copies. Other books of his include Momo, The Night of Wishes, and  Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver).

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Who starred in the original NeverEnding Story?

The NeverEnding Story was co-written and directed by Wolfgang Peterson and produced by Bernd Eichinger and Dieter Giessler.

The 1984 classic starred Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Patricia Hayes, Sydney Bromley, Gerald McRaney, and Moses Gunn. Meanwhile, the voices of Falknor and Gmork were provided by Alan Oppenheimer.

The film only adapts the first half of Ende’s book, while the second half of the book was used as the basis for the second film. The third film, which was released in 1994, has an original plot.

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Ella is the Head of Content at Freshered and also works a freelance journalist at GRV Media, writing for HITC and Reality Titbit. Her interests lie in news and anything culture related including entertainment, musicals, books, and social media. Ella is also a big supporter of student media and writes for her university’s newspaper as well as hosting her own show on the radio station.