Jon Favreau in Talks to Direct Disney's 'Magic Kingdom' Project

November 10, 2010
Source: Deadline

Magic Kingdom / Jon Favreau

Damn, Disney got a big catch with this! Deadline reports that actor/filmmaker extraordinaire Jon Favreau (of Elf, Zathura, Iron Man 1 & 2) is in talks to direct Magic Kingdom, a project with a concept similar to Night at the Museum where attractions at the theme park come to life. Magic Kingdom is Disney's Orlando, Florida version of Disneyland, complete with Tomorrowland, Adventureland and Fantasyland. I'm not really sure how this will work, though, because a lot of their attractions (see a list here) are based on pre-existing properties, and I don't think they want Pirates of the Caribbean or The Haunted Mansion in this, or do they?

The Magic Kingdom screenplay was originally written by Battlestar Galactica's Ron Moore, but apparently Favreau is going to have a new writer work on the script to cater it to his sensibilities. Favreau is developing because this is not next for him, as it "will percolate while he works on other big scale studio films," which include Cowboys & Aliens and Iron Man 3. Based on that schedule, I don't think we'll even see this until at least 2014, but who knows. It's a wacky concept, and I wasn't a big fan of Night at the Museum, so I hope they can put a unique spin on this that's actually entertaining. In the hands of Jon Favreau, though, I know we can expect something awesome. But don't expect any alcoholic penthouse parties in this Magic Kingdom.

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  • dexter
    Director extraordinaire...? HAHAHA Hardly. Iron Man was a happy accident.
  • Sumit
    What does this mean for IM3? Is it just me or does it seem increasingly unlikely Favruea will return... (Also this doesn't bode too well for Coyboys Vs Aliens 2!)
  • Killer
    This is going to be good. Stop being so fucking negative on here.
  • the douche
    I like it! And Disney spares no expense when it comes to doing things. I give this a thumbs up and I would definetly be interested in checking it out.
  • Al
    This kind of ruins the point of the Magic Kingdom. You're supposed to explore and project your own imagination onto it. Also their will be a whole generation that will apply what they saw in the movie to the park, and thats all it will be limited too. Walts turning in his grave. Fantasyland was the only place in the park that was to be related to his movies, and the company has messed that up enough already. This is a whole different level though. That being said, Favreau would probably make a good film out of this....but thats what I'm concerned about.
  • A5J4DX
    not bad




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