Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Disney to Make Movie Loosely Based on Your 35th Favorite Disneyland Attraction

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 12:21 PM

As someone who works in an ostensibly creative profession, I understand that coming up with ideas is hard, but I think if Disney hasn't hit the bottom of the conceptual barrel with a movie sort-of-not-really adapted from the Enchanted Tiki Room, the second take on The Haunted Mansion certainly is.

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From the Los Angeles Times blog, 24 Frames:

"Pirates of the Caribbean" is one of the most successful franchises in the history of Disney. But when it comes to classic action-adventure, the company that Walt built isn't stopping with Jack Sparrow.

The studio is developing an adventure film from a script by Ahmet Zappa — yes, son of Frank — that's set against a Polynesian backdrop.

Sources close to the project said Zappa and writing partner Michael Wilson were inspired by Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room in writing the script. A Disney spokesperson, however, said the project is not an adaptation of the attraction and is merely an action-adventure that mixes in Polynesian mythology.

While not the first attraction one thinks of when one thinks of Disneyland, Enchanted Tiki Room does offer a colorful setting for a movie. The attraction, built in the early 1960s, has patrons entering a room filled with Disney musical ditties and animatronic macaws and other flora and fauna, a bit of Polynesia amid the hub-bub of the park. (It was one the first animatronic attractions, and one said to be close to Walt Disney's heart.) There's not much known mythology behind the Tiki Room — but then again, there wasn't much of one on "Pirates" either.

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