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