How many Disney theme park-inspired movies do we really need?
Written by Robert Niles
Hat tip to reader duncan henny for this heads-up: Disney reportedly is in early development for a movie based on its Magic Kingdom theme park.Tweet
This, in addition to the upcoming fourth Pirates of the Caribbean flick, as well as Guillermo del Toro's reboot of The Haunted Mansion and movies based on Jungle Cruise and Tomorrowland. (Disney Studios favorite Dwayne Johnson is attached to the Tomorrowland flick.)
When I first heard of the Magic Kingdom film project, I thought that Disney would be developing a movie series based on Ridley Pearson's Kingdom Keepers book series. But apparently not. According to Variety, the Magic Kingdom film project is based on a script by Ronald D. Moore, who developed the new version of Battlestar Galactica.
Like millions of others, I love what Disney did with Pirates. It didn't base the film on the attraction so much as use the characters, setting and theme of the ride to inspire a story that took the franchise in a different - and engaging - direction. Movies (or books) about the Magic Kingdom - or any other theme park for that matter - strike me as story-telling about story-telling. That's too meta for me to enjoy as entertainment, though I can't enough news coverage about theme parks (obviously!).
What would you like to see Disney do with these film concepts?
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