Michael Chabon May Rework Disney’s ‘Magic Kingdom’ for Jon Favreau

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

magic kingdom entrance Michael Chabon May Rework Disneys Magic Kingdom for Jon Favreau

Acclaimed writer (and Pulitzer Prize-winner) Michael Chabon has quietly become one of Disney’s go-to talents of late. He did polish work on the screenplay for TRON: Legacy, and collaborated on scripts for some of the company’s biggest upcoming titles, like Snow and the Seven, John Carter of Mars – and now, possibly Magic Kingdom as well.

Chabon has been approached by Jon Favreau about working on the Iron Man director’s amusement park movie adaptation, but an official deal will not be settled until Chabon actually meets with the studio heads over at Disney.

Heat Vision says that Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica) penned the original draft of the Magic Kingdom screenplay, but that Disney has been on the lookout for a new scriber since Favreau officially signed on for the project. Given that the company has already established a solid working relationship with Chabon, his involvement seems all but assured at this stage – even though the writer recently signed up to develop the fantasy adventure TV series Hobgoblin for HBO.

Here’s what Favreau has said in the past, with regards to his plans for Magic Kingdom:

“Is it going to be a mash up of all the other Disney movies? Is it going to be like [what Marvel is] doing with ‘The Avengers’ or it is going to be like ‘Night of the Museum’?… I don’t think it’s going to be mixing all the other movies. I think it’s going to be its own thing… I want to make it a little bit spookier like the old Disney movies were and try to really capture that tone.”

magic kingdom Michael Chabon May Rework Disneys Magic Kingdom for Jon Favreau

Disney has been pushing forward of late with cinematic adaptations of its theme parks rides like Jungle Cruise and the abandoned Museum of the Weird, but Magic Kingdom sounds like the most intriguing of the lot so far. Favreau seems inclined to not merely deliver a movie that exists for the sole purpose of promoting its inspiration (a la the 2003 Haunted Mansion movie); but, instead craft a film with its own unique flavor and identity, separate from the original ride (or in this case, attractions) – much like Disney’s all-too-popular Pirates of the Caribbean series has.

There are multiple directions that Favreau could go with Magic Kingdom as well. He could go the route of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and integrate classic, traditionally-animated Disney characters in a live-action setting – or possibly favor practical props and CGI to literally bring the famous attractions of the theme park to life. It’s at least pleasant to hear that the actor/director isn’t interested in merely making Night at the Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom is tentatively scheduled to arrive in theaters by 2013, so expect to learn more about the project over the next year.

Source: THR

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  1. I am looking forward to this project.
    Glad its still on the fast track.

  2. haunted mansion was the best adaptation of an attraction, much better than pirates of the carabbean which almost completely ignored the original music and song
    I also like “the country bears ” but I found it while vacationing in florida, it’s unknown in Europe
    “around the world in 80 days” also pays a small tribute to small world but nobody noticed
    I’m not so sure “magic kingdom” is a good idea and I’d rathre watch my old “feel good” documentaries like “a dream called walt disney world” which unfortunately have absolutely no appeal in the old dark europe
    curious about it anyway, just wait and see

    • Actually if you watch the first Pirates movie again, pay close attention to it, you will see that almost every scene has something very small or very big to do with the ride. They did include the song a couple of times, but honestly, they couldn’t have the song sung too much, do you think that a bunch of real pirates would be running around singing? HaHa.

      • yes I see your point and share it
        in fact the film opens with the little elizabeth ( very wendy darling looking!!!) singing the song, and she sings it again with jack as a grown up
        but you have to see the film in english
        french have the knack to delete everything musical

        I did love the fourth pirates movie, much more than 2 and 3

        the dog with the keys has always been a favorite of mine in the ride (so disney looking) and I’m glad the scene is in the movie too and I like jack’s comment about how the dog won’t move ! (hasn’t since the ride opened haha)

  3. Terry Brooks Magic Kingdom for Sale — SOLD! would be a good movie