Disney Making Nixed 'Museum of the Weird' Attraction into Movie

December 17, 2010
Source: 24 Frames

Museum of the Weird

Disney has already taken attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean and a new take on The Haunted Mansion with Guillermo del Toro, but now the House of Mouse is looking at taking an attraction that never made it to the park into theaters instead. 24 Frames reports that the canceled 1960's attraction The Museum of the Weird is heading into development as a motion picture. The studio is currently talking with Ahmet Zappa (writer/actor son of musician Frank Zappa) to script the adaptation. The attraction was supposed to feature "a parade of ghostly organists, magic carts, talking chairs and other surreal exhibits." I smell an adventure!

Apparently the museum was thought of an adjunct to The Haunted Mansion, but it was never actually realized. However, there are plenty of creations from theme-park creators Rolly Crump and Clause Coats which are ripe for being retooled for a feature film. While the idea itself obviously needs to be fleshed out more (that's what writers are for after all), plenty of people weren't sure a Pirates of the Caribbean movie would work and we're on our way to the fourth movie in the franchise already. Disney seems to be loving its theme park for film ideas, especially with Jon Favreau leaving behind Iron Man for some time with The Magic Kingdom. For now this just sounds like an intriguing concept, but we could be looking at the start of a new franchise, so look out Night at the Museum, because Disney is on the march. Interested?

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I watched a documentary on Disneyland that said the Museum of the Weird was the original name for the Haunted Mansion (or what it ended up becoming). I could have heard it wrong tho.

Johnny on Dec 17, 2010


There's a Museum of the Weird here in Austin. It's a blast!

Puff, the Magick Dragon on Dec 18, 2010


This sounds like "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" meets "We Have Run Completely Out Of Ideas." Ethan smells an adventure, I smell is a giant steaming pile of hyperbole.

Stanley Goodspeed on Dec 18, 2010


#1 The Museum was the springboard for the Haunted Mansion, but after that there isn't much similarities. The Mansion's focus is (of course) ghosts and ghouls, while the Museum of the Weird was supposed to be a collection of oddities, and was to be a walkthrough attraction.

Al on Dec 18, 2010


Ahmet Zappa is hilarious.

Pau on Dec 18, 2010


Wow!! Can't wait to see it!!!

Steve Busti on Dec 22, 2010


Yes! It's sounds like it's going to be AMAZING!! on Dec 22, 2010

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