Jon Favreau Looks To Direct Disney’s ‘Magic Kingdom’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 1:33 am,

Actor/writer/director Jon Favreau has been at the helm of movies about elves, magical board games, men in robot suits, and a wild west battle that involves extraterrestrials. So is a film about Disney’s classic Magic Kingdom attraction the logical next step?

We’re not sure if there’s a proper answer to that question, but Favreau is reportedly in talks with Disney to direct their Magic Kingdom movie, which was originally scripted by Battlestar: Galactica‘s Ron Moore but is being rewritten under the Iron Man filmmaker’s supervision.

Deadline says that the plan is for work on Magic Kingdom to commence while Favreau completes post-production work on Cowboys and Aliens. It’s not yet clear where Iron Man 3 – which, presumably, Favreau is all but a lock to direct – fits into the schedule, but that threequel is not slated to hit theaters until 2013, so Disney might have a 2012 release date in mind for Magic Kingdom. The Mouse House owns Marvel and acquired the distribution rights for Tony Stark’s third outing a while ago, so it has a fair amount control over Favreau’s production schedule right now.

Favreau has a good deal of experience handling big-budget, FX-heavy flicks by now and his resume as a director includes the family-friendly fantasy adventure Zathura: A Space Adventure (a.k.a. Jumanji in outer space) and Will Ferrell’s holiday comedy, Elf. Odd as it may seem, the man is an ideal candidate to take on the challenge of turning the Magic Kingdom into a full-blown moviegoing experience.

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Favreau’s ‘Zathura’ starred a pre-’Twilight’ Kristen Stewart.

Disney also has a Haunted Mansion film adaptation in the works, as well as a Tiki movie (which the company claims is NOT based on the Enchanted Tiki Room, but there’s good reason to doubt that claim). We’ve also heard rumblings about a Jungle Cruise movie being in the works and wouldn’t be surprised if Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain look to make the jump to the big screen in the future as well.

The immense financial success of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is in no small part to blame for these other ride-inspired projects; however, the company has always loved a movie with instant marketing tie-ins, so the finger of blame can’t be pointed solely at the adventures of Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow (besides, we still love that guy).

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Coming soon to a theater near you.

We expect Disney will aim to release Magic Kingdom sometime in 2012. Do you think the project has potential?

Source: Deadline

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  1. Good. He needs some time off and get himself together to make a proper Iron Man. IM 2 was very disappointing.

    • I agree, but I still found it be quite fun. I enjoyed both Night at the Museum films, and this could be fun.

  2. I hope this is based on the Kingdom Keepers books.

  3. if it’s about walt disney’s creation of the theme park inspired by his animations, that would be interesting, but only if we see the troubles and secrets involved in such an undertaking. But that won’t happen, it will gloify everything.

    or is this about an actual magic kingdom? its unclear.

  4. alot of people say disney has gone downhill since 1999, but i dont think so. I liked all 3 pirates movies, County Bears movie was ok, though the Haunted Mansion movie i’ll admit was bad (but hey, when was the last time Eddie Murphey made a good movie in general?)

    i have high hopes for this movie. and Jon Favreau is going out on a ledge to work on something alot of people have their doubts on. I think he’s the perfect unlikely choice for this project.

    (BTW did anyone see the new Winnie The Pooh Movie trailer? i’m seeing that directly after Harry Potter 8)

  5. @ nowhereman136

    on the Eddie murphy thing, coming to America was good, nutty professor 1 and 2.
    And I agree with you on Harry potter and winne the pooh.

  6. What happened to this guy during Iron Man 2,??????

    What a joke that film was.

    Reminded me of the writing in Fantastic Four,2. Crap,,,,

    :/

  7. Here’s hoping that Disney redesigns Virtual Magic Kingdom to go along with the new film!!!