Another Disney Theme Park Ride Is Being Made Into A Feature Film

Disney is adapting Big Thunder Mountain into a film, following the popularity of films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise. Amber Templemore-Finlayson and Katie Ellwood, often known as Bert & Bertie, will serve as co-directors on the famous theme park attraction-based project. After impressing studio execs with their proposal, the film was approved. The duo previously collaborated with Disney, directing three episodes of Marvel’s Hawkeye series. They’ve also helmed episodes of HBO’s smash show Our Flag Means Death.

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The script is being co-written by Michele and Kieran Mulroney, whose credits include Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and the 2017 Power Rangers revival, according to Deadline. While narrative elements are currently unclear, Disney has always found out how to turn its theme park attractions into films. Fortunately, Big Thunder Mountain already has a great backstory. The specifics vary depending on where the park is located, but they always follow the same overall plot arc.

During the late 1800s, gold was discovered on Big Thunder Mountain in the American Southwest. After the find, a sleepy little mining town became a thriving one almost overnight (Rainbow Ridge in Disneyland, Tumbleweed in Florida, Thunder Mesa in Disneyland Paris). As the mining business became more prosperous, an extensive line of trains was set up to transport the ore. But, unknown to the settlers, the mountain was sacred to Native Americans. After they were forced from their homes, the tribe placed a curse on the land.

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Soon after, the degradation causes a tremendous calamity, which is commonly shown as an earthquake (Disneyland and Disneyland Paris), a tsunami (Tokyo Disneyland), or a flash flood (Walt Disney World), which befalls the whole area, causing inhabitants to evacuate the town. Later, the locomotives were discovered speeding around the mountain without engineers or crew. As a result, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was established in the former mining area to let visitors to ride on the possessed trains.

Surprisingly, the noises of Big Thunder Mountain’s trains were captured and utilized as sound effects in Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ 1984 adventure film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’s mine cart chase sequence. Following the success of the Harrison Ford films, Disneyland added its own Indiana Jones ride in 1995. With the purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, the firm moved on to acquire the complete franchise.

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Unfortunately, a 2013 attempt to adapt Big Thunder Mountain for the tiny screen failed. ABC ordered a pilot based on the trip, but it was later canceled. Then, in 2014, Marvel Comics launched a five-issue comic book series based on the attraction. The series, which debuted in early 2015 as part of Disney Kingdoms, built on the tale behind the attraction, with help from Walt Disney Imagineering. The most recent edition will be a collaboration between Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment and Scott Free Productions. The Barbie star has also been linked to a Pirates of the Caribbean revival for the company.

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