Disney has movies based on its Jungle Cruise and Mr. Toad’s Wild Road theme park attractions in some stage of development, but the most intriguing ride-based project is arguably that of Jon Favreau’s Magic Kingdom.
The Iron Man actor/director is overseeing a Jersey Boys musical adaptation, and is reprising his role as Happy Hogan in (slightly) expanded capacity with Iron Man 3. Favreau, in spite of a full workload, continues to talk about Magic Kingdom with unbridled passion, promising a quality family-friendly flick that’ll entertain the juice box crowd (and suffice as a fun trip down nostalgia lane for adults raised on Disney entertainment).
Favreau has long maintained that his wish is to honor (not exploit) the cherished characters and worlds created by the Mouse House. Moreover, he does not wish to imitate what previous intellectual property mashup movies have done (Favreau’s cited Space Jam, as an example), or make a movie where the Magic Kingdom attractions simply come to life, along the lines of the Night at the Museum films.
On the topic of how Magic Kindom is a different kind of beast altogether, Favreau told Crave Online:
“I went back to back to back with three movies in a row, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘Cowboys & Aliens’, all of them with release dates announced as I walked in. As I cracked the script for the first time we already knew the date and the poster, in some cases the cast. On this one, ‘Magic Kingdom’ is a big film. It’s a very special piece of intellectual property with all the characters from the park and the legacy of Walt Disney.”
Favreau also revealed that some of Pixar’s quintessential creative minds (like John Lasseter) are assisting in the development of Magic Kingdom:
“What we’ve been doing is writing a script, going up to Pixar, meeting with the brain trust, coming back down, bringing on artists, story editors and putting it together as though it were an animated film so that by the time we actually film it, we’ll have a rock solid story. I don’t want to rush anything. I want this thing to be perfect. I want it to be one shot one kill, like a sniper. I want to make sure this movie’s right in the crosshairs that we can really knock it out of the park so to speak.”
He went on to emphasize that the production timeline for Magic Kingdom is relaxed enough to allow for Pixar’s slow-and-steady approach to filmmaking:
“Fortunately there’s no rush on it. I’ve been working on it as a writer now and we’re looking forward to beginning that long lead prep as you would on an animated film. Then you work your way to where you know what the whole movie is going to be before you ever roll camera. You actually watch it as the Pixar people do and actually watch it on a screen and evaluate it before you ever roll camera.”
It’s also worth mentioning – Favreau is working from a Magic Kingdom script draft originally conceived by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica). That lends further credence to the notion that this film could very well be as innovative and trend-setting a Disney attraction-based venture as the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
We’ll keep you updated on Magic Kingdom as the story develops.
Source: Crave Online