Rumor: Disney Making a Tower of Terror Movie?!
It worked with Pirates of the Caribbean, so why not with the Tower of Terror, too? I'm not sure whether I'm excited to report this rumor or just nervous about it. According to Bloody Disgusting, Disney is working on turning their popular theme park ride into a movie. "While rights issues are still being worked out, the plan is to follow a group of characters that enter a bizarre world where nothing is as it seems." The ride is inspired by "The Twilight Zone" TV series and first opened in 1994. I also loved this ride and always went on it every time I went to their park, which is why I'm not sure whether I should be excited or not?
The story of the hotel, adapted from elements of the TV series, includes the hotel being struck by lightning on October 31st, 1939, mysteriously transporting an elevator full of passengers to the "Twilight Zone." The exterior resembles an old hotel with a blackened scorch mark across the front of the façade where the lightning destroyed part of the building. It's an awesome ride and I'm still mesmerized every time I ride it. As for the movie, I'm hoping that they go for a darker, more horrific story than something like that awful Haunted Mansion movie with Eddie Murphy. We'll let you know if this turns out to be true or not!
Apparently the Tower of Terror was turned into a TV movie back in 1997 that starred Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst. I don't ever remember seeing that, so I can't speak about it, but I'm sure Disney is not going to let it hold them back on this feature version of the ride. Could this turn out any good?
Reader Feedback - 22 Comments
i hope they keep the Twilight Zone aspect of it....which i know they won't
Al on Feb 10, 2009
*sigh* Let me get this straight. We're looking at rumors of a movie based off of a ride based off of a TV show? ...Well, if that's not a great idea for a movie, I don't know what is!
DogChasingCars on Feb 10, 2009
I'm still waiting for "The Jungle Cruise" movie based on the Disney ride of the same name. What's taking them so long!?
jedibilly on Feb 10, 2009
The Disney Channel Tower of Terror movie was awesome. It doesn't need to be re-made.
EPICponyz on Feb 10, 2009
Wow, I thought the Haunted Mansion was based on that ride.
Niko on Feb 10, 2009
No Haunted Mansion is it's own ride (my favourite Disneyland ride at that). Skipped the film though.
Sean Kelly on Feb 10, 2009
#3, does your mom know you're on the computer? This is horrible because Disney knows how to screw things up and kick the Twilight Zone to the curb. So, it's exactly what I've been waiting for. Bad enough they got Prince or Persia and that gay guy from Brokeback. *rolls eyes* When you make a game into a movie, #1 rule is appeal to the gamers. Do not get Jake Gyhell..Jeelll...who really cares.
Emma Watson is so f***able on Feb 10, 2009
This was already a Disney Channel Movie right? LOL Screw this.
Kent on Feb 10, 2009
I thought the Disney Channel one was ok. Not incredible, but still good. There is no reason for a film like this needs to be made.
Ajax on Feb 10, 2009
Well I hope its as good as Race to Witch Mountain! All of which I'm being sarcastic about. I'm not hating, its just not my thing.
Nick Sears on Feb 10, 2009
*shivers* idea of it being like Race to Witch Mountain is scary. I'm still upset that movie exists. i feel like a great way though to do this movie is to make it dark and very haunted atmosphere, with very dry humor undertones to much of it, especially through little details. little details that would best be appreciated by 1) ride goers 2) Twilight Zone fans 3)horror movie fans. however, something that intricate would never happen... 🙁
dave13 on Feb 10, 2009
This could work. The whole "Twilight Zone" concept could help to freshen up the movie going experience.
Blue Silver on Feb 10, 2009
So they are remaking a remake?
Garrett on Feb 11, 2009
Movies aren't being "re-made" anymore..they're being "re-imagined" or "re-booted"..what a joke. Are all of the original ideas gone? Why not make a "Space Mountain" movie?
CDillon on Feb 11, 2009
I remember seeing the original Made for TV movie and it was ok for the time, very much a childs movie but if they make this darker than I don't see any reason why this can't be a good thing. The Pirates movie turned out very well and they went a lot darker than Disney ever had in the past.
Bubba on Feb 11, 2009
Austin on Feb 11, 2009
I remember the TV movie and was not too bad. Would love to see it with a big-budget but not really because no way will Disney make a straight-up horror flick.
Ryan on Feb 11, 2009
This ride probably has one of the more solid story lines of any Disney attraction. If they could pull 3 good Pirate films out of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction I have confidence that they could pull at least one decent film, if not more out of Tower of Terror. Personally I think they should leave the Twilight Zone aspects out of this movie and just make it a movie based on the storyline of the ride just because the twilight zone feel would make it kind of hokey. Seriously it could have a "Shining" feel to it if they did it correctly, and didn't approach the story from the kiddie angle. I'm not saying they should make a full blown horror film....that would be pretty terrible to be honest because the story doesn't have that type of weight...BUT if they went along the lines of Pirates, right on the edge of family and adult this story could make a very good movie.
ImaginaryVisionary on Feb 11, 2009
What do u mean??
Mikaela on Mar 7, 2009
I saw the first tower of terror back when it first came out in good ole' 1997. Man the 90's were awsome!!
Cole on Apr 17, 2009
i've seen the movie. it's one of those movies that play around Halloween on the Disney channel like "Hocus Pocus" does every year.
Anna on Jul 18, 2009
The worse that they can do to the Tower is have Uwe Boll direct a big-screen version, or do a poorly-executed GTA-ish sandbox game out of the hotel and its ghosts. If the TV movie was R-rated it could've used gory elements, but of course Disney had to tone down the suspense for kids to safely watch it. You wouldn't see me end up like Snoop Dogg in "Bones" right? Just a ghost of me and my mates, still human but can walk though walls and disappear. I've seen rather tragic and appaling attempts at remaking films these days. Either think of something redeemable and worth watching if they want the Tower to burn some celluloid, or leave the hotel alone.
Sally Gregory AKA Sally Shine on Aug 23, 2009
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