A handful of Disney theme park attractions have already made the jump to the big screen, so it seems natural to assume that the company’s potential new project, Tiki, is based off the classic Enchanted Tiki Room show.
The Mouse House says that’s not the case and is currently in negotiations to acquire the rights to Tiki, which was penned by the company’s Monster Witness Relocation Program writers, Michael Wilson and Ahmet Zappa.
Heat Vision describes Tiki as a Hawaii-set tale that “takes in the [Polynesian] culture’s rich reserve of unique gods, embodied by wooden masks and engravings, as well as ghost stories.” Disney’s classic Enchanted Tiki Room – which features lots of singing animatronic tropical birds and talking Polynesian masks – does not lend itself as the premise for a Hollywood genre movie the way that the Pirates of the Caribbean or The Haunted Mansion attractions do, but it doesn’t require a stretch of the imagination to assume that Wilson and Zappa’s script was in some way influenced by the show.
Disney will release Pirates of the Caribbean 4 next summer, the Mouse House has also recruited Guillermo del Toro to develop what is essentially a Haunted Mansion movie reboot, and even has a Magic Kingdom project on the way – so don’t be surprised if Tiki ends up tying in with the Enchanted Tiki Room somehow.
Most of the rides and attractions at either Disneyland or Disneyworld are based off the company’s movies, while a number of the parks’ original creations could easily be re-envisioned as cinematic thrill rides or adventures. We’re not saying that’s a good thing or that we really want to see a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or Space Mountain movie, but ride-based films are easy to market and are very much previously-established products – and everyone knows that Disney has a fondness for those, right?
We’ll keep you posted on the development of Tiki as more news comes our way.