Disney Turning Tomorrowland Into a Feature Film, Too?!
by Alex Billington
September 18, 2008
After successfully earning about $1 billion theatrically from a theme park ride converted into a feature film, Disney is doing it all over again. First it was Pirates of the Caribbean, now it's Tomorrowland - their futuristic section of the theme park that will be used as "inspiration" for a new space movie. Don't be so quick to shrug this one off, because it could become the next big franchise like Pirates of the Caribbean and we just can't see it yet. Dwayne Johnson is being setup as the lead in the film and writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (of Rebound, Full of It, and Four Christmases) have been hired to write an "epic-sized action adventure set in space." To add more fuel to the fire, the currently untitled film is being produced by the same guys who brought us Dwayne Johnson's The Game Plan.
Disney apparently denies that this film is dedicated to Tomorrowland or that it will even be titled Tomorrowland, but instead they claim it's an entirely original script. It seems like it's far away from actually coming together, so for now we'll just see how it all works out, including whether the script is any good. As for the concept itself, you know, I really don't have that big of a problem with it. I'm more worried about it being a stupid kid's movie than a dark, intense, or sophisticated sci-fi film or theme park spoof. Any kid who has ever been to Disneyworld or Disneyland knows that it's a magical place. And as long as Disney applies that same magic to this film, then it should be good. Am I wrong there? It may be a bit odd to think about, but a movie inspired by Tomorrowland isn't that bad of an idea.