A couple of months ago Brendon reported that actor/director/writer Jon Favreau was in talks with Michael Chabon, the pen behind Spiderman 2 and the forthcoming John Carter (Formerly of Mars), to polish up a screenplay for Magic Kingdom, a Disney adventure romp about Disneyworld coming to life. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we can happily confirm that the talent is in the bag as Chabon has signed on for the film and is set to rewrite the original script, which was written by Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore.
Now because I’m a sicko I’d like to see this as a horror film, complete with rollercoaster cars crashing, entertainers in Cinderella and Mickey Mouse costumes going on a killing spree, Walt Disney coming back as a zombie and eating people’s brains and so on. I recently went on the Saw ride at Thorpe Park and it convinced me that theme parks are the perfect place to scare the crap out of people, or at least to have poorly-paid actors paint their faces white and groan at people in the queue. However I suspect that Disney are probably going to go down the family-friendly route, so my dreams of Dumbo cackling madly whilst wielding a bloodstained machete may sadly never come to fruition.
Did I mention that Michael Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2001? Can’t say I’ve read any of his many novels, but I did thoroughly enjoy Spiderman II, and I’ve been a fan of Favreau ever since his early indie days in films like Made and Swingers. I’m not over-keen on kids films but with such a strong creative team behind it, Magic Kingdom may well turn into something very watchable. Plus with nearly 90 years worth of Disney icons packed into the theme park there’s plenty of scope for Enchanted-style self-referential satire. Alternatively they could draw inspiration from Zombieland; I’ll never get sick of watching Woody Harrelson spraying bullets into a crowd of the undead whilst hanging one-handed from a theme park ride.