Published: August 15, 2008 at 3:57 PM
Ouch! A tough one! As we all know, the FunMaestros in Burbank, are right this second finishing up the preproduction on the next Disney / Muppet live-action flick based on the noted Thomas Mann novel “The Magic Mountain.” Tentatively titled, “Muppet’s Magic Mountain: Ms. Piggy Gets Her Mann!” noted comic genius / rocket scientist progeny Mr. Jack Black has been tentatively inked (“penciled in?”) to play the Swiss Alps, the “magic mountain” of the title. Can you imagine zipping about inside the literal and transfigurative interior of the Mountain with, instead of the Yeti / Abominable Snowman of Orlando and Anaheim fame, you’d see Mr. Black in his Davos costume popping out at you (well, not really “popping” out, but sorta-kinda when the strobe lights are working) to pose some of the troubling, yet oh-so-wacky, themes posed in the book? “La forza vindice della ragione, or are ya just happy to see me?”
‘Tis a pity that the much beleaguered park just a few minutes ride up the freeway (and literally across the freeway from the WDI farm team at Cal Arts) shares the same name. Of course, while the Muppets, in their own inimitable fashion, will play up the wackier aspect of the 1912 novel (can you say “sanatorium pie fight?”), as we know, the Six Flags park deals, daringly for a theme park in Southern California, with the “bildungsroman” aspects of the book (OK, yeah, well, “duh:” X2, right? Need I say more)?
Aw, what might have been, what might have been . . .