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#1 User is offline   IndyandMarion 

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 02:44 PM

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The original plan with all of these Disney films based on theme park attractions was apparently to make the attractions appealing again, to drive up attendence to the parks. For better and worse, I guess it didn’t really work out that way. The Country Bears movie probably did the attraction’s reputation harm, The Haunted Mansion is probably not worth bringing up even, and Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow so comprehensively hijacked the very notion of Pirates of Caribbean, became the face of the concept in such an immediate and powerful way that a ride without his likeness won’t ever feel really connected to the film franchise. But wow - what a money spinner those Pirates films proved to be.

According to Bloody Disgusting, Disney are setting up to give the concept another go, with a big screen movie derived from their Tower of Terror. Unfortunately, there are some pesky rights issues to be resolved first…



The original Tower attraction is a licensed Twilight Zone tie-in, but Disney doesn’t own the rights to The Twilight Zone - Warner Bros. does. I noticed that the Twilight Zone name is missing from some of Tower’s marketing materials, but at the same time, the very distinctive typeface is still present. With rumors also rumbling up over the last twelve months or so that another Zone movie might be in the making, Warners might be particularly keen to protect their property.

There was a previous film derived from Tower - but that one went straight to TV. Starring a 1997 era Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst (after his heyday, before hers) the film was apparently a testing ground for the very concept of rides-to-film adaptations.

The premise with Tower of Terror is that five visitors - or in the film, “characters” - take a trip in an elevator of the Hollywood Tower Hotel but the elevator goes kablooey, starts acting like part of a theme park ride, drops “thirteen storeys” at a thrilling but safely controlled velocity and then deposits it’s passengers in “the historicaly haunted” depths of the attraction.
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 03:02 PM

I enjoy all the Attraction Movies (Sans Country Bears...) including the TV Movie of ToT, however, i would like to see a more Twilight Zone feel to the story line if a new movie were made
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 03:15 PM

Wait. You even liked Haunted Mansion? Wow. Are your standards low or what?
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 03:16 PM

IndyandMarion said:

Wait. You even liked Haunted Mansion? Wow. Are your standards low or what?


I know, everyone says that. The movie was good up until the Zombie thing...
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:32 PM

darthstich said:

IndyandMarion said:

Wait. You even liked Haunted Mansion? Wow. Are your standards low or what?


I know, everyone says that. The movie was good up until the Zombie thing...


OK, and back to the padded room you go :)

I finally managed to see the HM film a while back when they showed it on TV. I wasn't overly impressed, really.

Didn't they already do a ToT movie that went straight to TV? (<fx: reads original post>yes, they did). Do they really need to do another? :|

Just because Pirates was a success, doesn't mean all rides should be made into movies, folks. What's next? Jungle Cruise? Oh, wait...

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 06:00 PM

Well the Jungle Cruise movie I was actually interested in. Seemed like they could have pulled it off. Looks like they had it going in the right direction too.
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:51 PM

Whatever happened to the Jungle cruise movie?
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 08:04 PM

It's stuck in what is called 'Development Hell'. It's ready to be made, but it's still waiting cast or a few changes that one side wants to make, but the other doesn't. Budgets. Ect.

Think of Indy 4. Could've been made dang near 10 years ago, but there were just too many problems.
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 08:09 PM

Bummer, I was intrigued by that idea.
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 09:01 PM

The Country Bears movie was far worse than the Haunted Mansion movie...at least HM is somewhat watchable.
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 09:17 PM

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The Country Bears movie was far worse than the Haunted Mansion movie...at least HM is somewhat watchable.


Exactly. Plus there was never props from CB on the Backlot Tour, but there was from HM
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:32 PM

I dislike this idea so much I can not even go into it all at the moment.


Remember when attractions were known widley because they were just good on their own? Tower of Terror is a great example and has a great suspensful mystery going for its storyline. Much like a Twilight Zone episodes that never existed..which is exactly what they were going for. Tower of Terror does not need any help and for attractions that do, I wish they would put the money to plus them right into them, rather than take a huge risk with trying to come up with a movie for them.
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:03 PM

I read on another site a week or so ago that this new ToT movie rumor has been shot down.
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