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Disney developing a movie based on Disneyland's Matterhorn roller coaster

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Published: June 30, 2011 at 8:44 AM

The latest Disney theme park ride to become a movie? Pack yourself on the back if you guessed Matterhorn Bobsleds.

Disneyland's Matterhorn

The Hollywood Reporter says that Disney's tapped Jason Dean Hall to write a script for the film, tentatively titled "The Hill." Tron Legacy's Justin Springer is producing the project.

Matterhorn joins a long and growing list of Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme park rides that the company's leveraged into films. Pirates of the Caribbean, obviously, has been the one big hit. But the company's also now developing "Jungle Cruise," with Tim Allen and Tom Hanks, as well as "Haunted Mansion," directed by Guillermo del Toro (after a failed first attempt starring Eddie Murphy). Other attempts have included films based on the Country Bears and the Tower of Terror. And there's Jon Favreau's "Magic Kingdom" in the works, too.

Your guesses on a plot for the Matterhorn flick are welcomed in the comments. As always, snark, sarcasm and irony are appreciated in your jokes. :^)

Readers' Opinions

From Rob P on June 30, 2011 at 8:53 AM
In the Jungle Cruise movie who's playing the part of TH Creative ?
From 71.46.216.42 on June 30, 2011 at 9:17 AM
It will be the first movie to include tubular steel tracks!
From Tim Odom on June 30, 2011 at 10:10 AM
I wonder if they got Vincent Chase to be in this... Bonus points for anyone who gets the reference.
From Adam Dodds on June 30, 2011 at 10:20 AM
The Matterhorn was inspired by a Disney film, "Third Man on the Mountain" or something like that. Disney saw the mountain in person during filming and decided he wanted to build it for himself. I think too many people were poisoned of the idea of a ride to film adaptation after HM with Eddie Murphy, but I think if a good budget and skilled writers and film makers work on these projects, they can be gold.
From Andrew Carrieri on June 30, 2011 at 12:23 PM
It will be a fictional biography about the rise of Michael Jordan from humble beginnings as a teenage theme park employee. During his off hours, he sharpened his basketball skills against coworkers on the court inside the Matterhorn and eventually gained enough confidence to play at a higher level.
From duncan henny on June 30, 2011 at 12:26 PM
five kids are called to the top of the mountain for something and on the way down they encounter a yeti but wait it doesn't move and is stuck in a disco stance. oh wait that's expedition everest
From Jorge Arnoldson on June 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM
I was expecting a Kingdom Keepers movie, but Matterhorn and the other two that are in the works sound cool. Search "Tim Babb" on YouTube, and you'll see that he's made a few fake trailers based on Disneyland rides, such as the Jungle Cruise, the Matterhorn, and even "Park Bench". ;)

BTW, I'm not Tim Babb.

From Anthony J on June 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM
Inspired by an untrue story, a group of climbers find themselves trapped on a mountain as it closes for refurbishment for six months, resorting to cannibalism for survival.
From Daniel Etcheberry on June 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM
The movie should be called "Brokeback Mountain" The story of what happened when the Abominable Snowman met the Yeti.
From Robert Niles on June 30, 2011 at 2:06 PM
Daniel, +1. Anthony, I think you're describing "Expedition Everest: The Yeti Returns."
From Anthony J on July 1, 2011 at 10:35 AM
Clearly, "Expedition Everest: The Yeti Returns" is in development hell.

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