Disney and ABC are developing a new TV series based on their popular western themed train ride Big Thunder Mountain. Apparently the show will be a drama, and it is being co-written by Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious Franchise) and Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift). Morgan has also written films such as 47 Ronin and the upcoming Legend of Conan.
This seems like a solid writing team, but there's no other information on the series or what the story will be. Judging by what the ride is, I could see the period western series revolving around a mining town during the gold rush in the American southwest. I'm sure it will involve Native Americans as well.
It doesn't suprise me that Disney is making this, after all they made films for Pirates of the Caribbean, and Guillermo del Toro’s Haunted Mansion and Jon Favreau’s Magic Kingdom are both in the works.
This was one of my favorite rides at Disneyland, and I hope they are able to develop a great western series for it. There's a lot of potential to do something very cool. I can't wait to see how this turns out!