Joby Harold developing Space Mountain film at Disney
As the studio awaits to bring Jungle Cruise to audiences next summer following its pandemic-related delay, Disney is ready to expand its roster of film adaptations of theme park attractions with a Space Mountain film, which is set to be developed by Joby Harold (Army of the Dead), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Plot details are being kept close to the chest for the film, but it is being described as a “family adventure,” keeping very much in line with other adaptations of Disney attractions including the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and the forthcoming Dwayne Johnson (Black Adam) and Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place Part II)-starring feature.
In addition to penning the script for the film, Harold will produce the project with his producing partner and wife Tory Turnell via their Safehouse Pictures banner alongside Dan Lin and Jonathan Elrich’s Rideback, who helped produce the box office smash live-action remake of Aladdin.
Space Mountain first opened in Florida Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland park in 1975 and would make its way to the California’s Tomorrowland park in 1977, Tokyo’s Tomorrowland in 1983, Paris’ first in 1995 as De la Terre à la Lune before being rebranded as Hyperspace Mountain in 2017 and Hong Kong’s park first in 2005 as Space Mountain before the same renaming as Paris in 2016. The attraction has no story or characters akin to Pirates or The Haunted Mansion, but rather takes fans on a fast indoor ride through the stars, meaning Harold will need to craft a new story inspired by the ride.
In addition to creating the story for Zack Snyder’s zombie pic at Netflix, Harold is currently attached to write and executive produce Disney+’s upcoming Star Wars limited series centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi, which will see the return of Ewan McGregor to the role.
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