As Disney ramps up the hype around their ongoing quest to turn theme park rides into movies, Deadline reports that the next initiative will focus on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror—or, as many simplify it, the Tower of Terror. The now-iconic ride exists in several Disney parks with unique twists to each location, but they all share one universal final plot point: a several-story drop down through the tower, to the tune of screaming park guests.
According to Deadline, Disney is on the hunt for a screenwriter to script a treatment created by Big Fish's John August, known for his wit and whimsy when it comes to creative storylines.
Though the release of Tomorrowland didn't receive a very warm welcome from critics, Disney's massively popular Pirates of the Caribbean is set to release its fifth installment, [Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales](tag:586017), on July 7th of 2017. With that in mind, a bump in the road is nothing in the face of the powerhouse studio, and no real early judgments can be made. But with John August behind the story's treatment, the film could potentially make for a strange experience in the best and most enjoyable sense of the word.
While Disney's other spooky film-in-progress, Guillermo Del Toro's The Haunted Mansion, cast Ryan Gosling for a role in April, there's been no real update on it since. In fact, post-Crimson Peak, it seems as though Del Toro already has other projects lined up.
The original park ride, which opened in 1994, is a mesmerizing, creepy walk through the Hollywood Tower, complete with splendidly sarcastic hotel staff and a few surprises on the way. It was such a massive hit that a made-for-TV movie was made in 1997, starring Kirsten Dunst and Steve Guttenberg.