Details on What the RollerCoaster Tycoon Movie is All About
Earlier this month we officially announced that Sony Pictures Animation was developing an adaptation of the video game RollerCoaster Tycoon. As a fan of the game, and simply as a curious moviegoer as well, I didn't quite understand how they would be adapting a strategy theme park management game into a feature film with an actual narrative (the game doesn't have one). The project is being developed by The Karate Kid director Harald Zwart (who we recently interviewed), and Cinema Blend just briefly spoke with him about it. Apparently they're going for a Night at the Museum-like concept with a theme park that "comes to life."
"Well we had a pitch, a story -- it's basically a theme park comes to life," Zwart told me. "We had a story woven into the theme park of the Rollercoaster Tycoon, and that's what we sold to Sony, and that's what we're hoping to make into a movie." Zwart said the pitch is inspired by the fantasy everyone has as a kid, to be left alone in the theme park to roam freely. "Just the idea of taking a ride like in Disneyland and the rides suddenly come to life, [or] you're able to step off and stay behind when everybody else had gone."
I guess I'm down for that, sounds like it could be fun. The next question though is if it'll be a live-action/CGI hybrid or a pure animation project. Considering it's a Sony Pictures Animation production, I'm guessing it'll just be pure CGI animation, presented in 3D. I mean, that's the selling point right there - putting people on theme park rides in 3D in a movie theater - although that's the exact opposite of what I want to see in movie theaters. I never really liked the Night at the Museum movies, but I did love the concept (creatures come to life). If this is at least as entertaining as those movies, then maybe it won't be so bad after all. Thoughts?