The cool thing about this new Disney film project is that it's based on a Disney theme park attraction that was never brought to life, The Museum of the Weird.
Disney is rocking the mouse house with films based on their theme park attractions. It all started with Pirates of the Caribbean, now Guillermo del Toro is making a Haunted Mansion movie, there's a film based on Tomorrowland, The Enchanted Tiki Room is rumored to be in the works, and another one based on the whole theme park experience called Magic Kingdom, which is being directed by Jon Favreau. Now the studio is adapting theme park attractions that have never been built.
The Museum of the Weird was an idea that Walt Disney was interested in perusing back in the 1960's, but it never got off the ground. 50 years later the idea has started on the road to being brought back to life.
According to the LA Times, "A half-century ago, well-known Disney theme-park creators Rolly Crump and Claude Coats designed the Museum of the Weird with the idea of spotlighting a parade of ghostly organists, magic carts, talking chairs and other surreal exhibits. Walt Disney wanted to use the museum as an adjunct to the Haunted Mansion, complete with its own restaurant. But the museum was never built, though some of the more ambitious pieces were incorporated into the mansion itself."
The studio is currently in discussions with screenwriter Ahmet Zappa to take on the scripting duties on the movie. The project is still in the very early development stages, but Zappa's idea is "for the museum to be refashioned as a film." It will be very interesting to see what Zappa and the studio are planning for this one, and will Disney eventually build The Museum of the Weird theme park attraction?
What do you all think about this film idea?
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