Report: Disney Making Movie Based on Tower of Terror Ride
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A movie based on a creepily atmospheric theme park attraction that begins in a haunted hotel and ends with a gut-churning drop? We'll get the popcorn ready.
According to Mike Fleming Jr of Deadline.com, writer John August—known for “Charlie's Angels” and “Big Fish”—and producer Jim Whitaker—known for “American Gangster” and “Changeling”—have teamed up with Disney to develop a movie based on the popular Tower of Terror rides at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
The duo is currently looking for a screenwriter to continue developing the story, but it has already been reported that the premise is five hotel guests get stuck on an elevator before disappearing when lightning strikes the building.
The film will reportedly be completely independent from the ride’s ties to “The Twilight Zone” and the voice work of Rod Serling, two of the main factors in the ride becoming so iconic with theme park enthusiasts.
While this will be the first full-fledged major motion picture based on the Tower of Terror attraction, Disney did a television movie in 1997 starring Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst that also ignored The Twilight Zone background.
The premise of the TV movie from 1997 is also very similar to the reports about the new film adaptation, regarding people being stuck on an elevator before disappearing during a lightning storm. No word on whether one of the characters places a penny on their knee so they can watch it float, but they really should.
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