Disney Developing Matterhorn-Inspired Adventure Movie 'The Hill'
by Alex Billington
June 29, 2011
Another movie based on a ride from Disneyland is in the works at, of course, Disney. THR reports that a project with the working title of The Hill is being developed by producer Justin Springer (Tron Legacy, Prom) that is inspired by the Matterhorn ride in Disneyland's Fantasyland. Yes, the giant snowy mountain is going to become an adventure movie at the hands of writer Jason Dean Hall (of Spread, Blacklight). The idea behind The Hill is to do a thrilling, fast-paced movie centering on five young adventure seekers who, for "mysterious reasons", are called to the top of the mountain and encounter a Yetis on the journey down.
The Matterhorn, or Matterhorn Bobsleds, first opened June 1959 and is a tobaggan-themed rollercoaster inspired by Walt Disney's trip to Switzerland, as it's based on an actual mountain found in the Pennine Alps. One of the favorite features of the coaster are three animatronic Yetis that growl at riders at various points on the ride. It should be interesting to see how they'll expand this mountain climbing story into something exciting to see, but I'm actually intrigued. We'll also have to see who they get attached to direct. Jon Favreau is already developing his own Disneyland-rides-come-to-life movie called Magic Kingdom, so let's hope they can find someone of that caliber to take this on. In the meantime, I really need to go visit Disneyland again!
I wonder if it will be a darker movie like pirates of the caribbean?
markj765 on Jun 30, 2011
Vinnie chase chase will turn it down for Medillin.
Asadaa on Jun 30, 2011
that's exactly what i thought. they should go ask colin farrell, he might be interested.
Dave on Jun 30, 2011
Then this attraction will get a makeover and audio animatronic actors? The Pirates of the Caribbean sure did.
Jedibilly on Jun 30, 2011
I love the Materhorn and all, but really?!
Brandon on Jun 30, 2011
Imagine how awesome and crazy and racist the 'It's A Small World' movie would be.
Lebowski on Jun 30, 2011
This means something...
Anonymous on Jun 30, 2011
"space mountain" is the one that I want to see be movie. Very dark and fast paced.
Edixon19 on Jun 30, 2011
if any ride needs a movie, its the tower of terror.
rocKKicker on Jun 30, 2011
They already have a Tower of Terror movie. It's a crappy one with Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst. But yes, it needs to be remade.
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Crapola on Jun 30, 2011
Disney is eating itself alive.
Crapola on Jun 30, 2011
I hope they'll shoot it in Switzerland, not like that Willhelm Tell flick.
Davide Coppola on Jun 30, 2011
This sounds stupid.
Octopus9498 on Jul 2, 2011
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