A couple of weeks ago it was announced that a movie based on the video game Rollercoaster Tycoon is being made. At the time we didn't know anything of the plot or what form it would take, other than it will be some sort of live-action/CGI hybrid.
However, now we have the first details about what sort of movie Rollercoaster Tycoon will likely be. The details come from the guys over at Cinema Blend, who hada chance to talk to Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid remake), the exec producer and possible director.
You're not alone in wondering what sort of plot there could be for a movie based on a video game where you build your own theme parks and elaborate rollercoasters. Well, what Zwart describes sounds like it's in the same vein as a certain blockbuster franchise about inanimate objects springing to life. Have a read at what Zwart said:
"Well we had a pitch, a story-- it's basically a theme park comes to life... We had a story woven into the theme park of the Rollercoaster Tycoon, and that's what we sold to Sony, and that's what we're hoping to make into a movie... Just the idea of taking a ride like in Disneyland and the rides suddenly come to life, [or] you're able to step off and stay behind when everybody else had gone."
The obvious early comparison is that it sounds like Night at the Museum - "Night at the Theme Park," if you will (™ Screen Rant 2010 :-P ). I actually had major reservations about a Rollercoaster Tycoon movie, but I must admit that ain't a half bad direction to go in (I'm surprised it never came to mind when the project was first announced). The first Night at the Museum (not so much the second) was a lot of fun and I'd be up for a similar situation set within the kid's paradise known as a theme park.
What do you think of the direction they're going with the Rollercoaster Tycoon movie? Can you think of a better basic plot?
Source: Cinema Blend