Pixar Teaming with Jon Favreau for Disney’s ‘Magic Kingdom’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated November 6th, 2013 at 10:16 am,

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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.”

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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

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  1. I was wondering when we were going to hear something about Magic Kingdom. When Favreau was announced for Jersey Boys, I was waiting for his, “Leaving the project” article. Glad to see he is still in it.

  2. I hope this helps with keeping the park open

    • Something tells me the parks aren’t closing anytime soon

  3. After a year of waiting for more news on this project it finally came today. This seems really optimistic and it should come out within the next two years. This is the movie I’ve been waiting for since I was a kid. I also think he should use the Disney World version as opposed to the Disneyland version. However, he would need to keep a certain core of characters while having some others cameo (unlike Space Jam or other shows like that). Disney is a top brand and he has the opportunity to take a hold of all that nostalgia. What I, and many others, would love to see is the park coming to life at night with all the characters becoming real (but not too reminiscent of Night at the Museum) and 2 opposite brothers (preferably Adam Sandler and Jerry Seinfeld) and their respective families are trapped because of a unique occurrence that is even unique for this come-to-life park: the villains, who have been banished, seek to rebel, led by Scar. Now one scene might include a lot of the villains but in the end the main villains will be Scar, Captain Hook, Shere Khan, Ratigan, Brer Fox, Hades, and Maleficent. In the meantime, the two families try to help out Mickey and his friends (Mickey’s normal group such as Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald, plus Figment, Quasimodo, Peter Pan, Baloo, Aladdin, Hercules, Baloo, and Tigger). I think there should be room for loads of character development (in a way, sort of like The Avengers but in a more classic way). Do I think there should be Pixar characters or Disney live action characters? That’s a tough call because when I think of the classic Disney brand I think of the hand-drawn characters above from that Golden Age of Disney animation when Walt Disney was alive and the Disney Renaissance in the ’90s. But of course the people who aren’t Disney characters would be live action.

  4. A little more info of what we are going to see would be helpful and appreciated, like is it animated, CGI, is it going to feature the whimsical characters we grew up with? Also, wasn’t there once talk of a movie based on Disney World’s Haunted Mansion or something?

    • There was a movie.. It starred Eddie Murphy..

  5. Regardless of how they try to spin it, it sounds very much like it will be “Night at the Museum” Disneyland style. They might come up with a more clever twist than a hokey Egyptian tablet but the end result will be the same.

  6. Who is the biggest hack in Hollywood right now? Adam Shankman or Jon Favreau? At least with Shankman you get unintentional comedy. Favreau cured my insomnia.

  7. For people who had never visited Disneyland before, don’t watch this movie. Otherwise it will become a spoiler for the real trip.

  8. If you guys like this idea try reading some of the Kingdom Keepers books by Ridley Pearson it is basically the same concept and the books are very vivid and enjoyable with a hint of action. thx for checking it out.

    • I think they should base the movie on the kingdom keepers. They were great books and this is the basic story line. Im hoping its not like Space Jam bc that movie was horrible.

      • Yes they should you are right

  9. So it’s been over a year since this article an still no new word about this movie has come up. What’s going on?

  10. I’m so happy but I was wondering there is this book series called kingdom keepers their about these five teens who are holograms that four people around disney world and at night when they go to sleep they wake up in disney and all the disney villains that are not cast members are trying to steal the magic of disney and turn it evil and the keepers try to stop them their really good and could give you ideas for the movie since all keeper fans want a keeper movie