Back in 2003 when Disney decided to develop a movie based on the Disneyland amusement park ride Pirates of the Caribbean, film critics and moviegoers alike snickered and questioned just how low the Mouse House had sunk. But I think it’s safe to say that Disney had the last laugh there, as the film spawned a massive franchise that just broke the $1 billion mark with its first sequel. On the other hand, the Eddie Murphy film The Haunted Mansion, released the same year and also based on a Disneyland attraction, fared considerably worse at the box office.
Still, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that Disney now thinks that movies based on theme park rides may very well be the future of cinema! They are prepping a new feature film based on Jungle Cruise, one of the 22 original Disneyland attractions installed for its grand opening in 1955. The ride itself features a small riverboat winding through exotic jungle locales and showcasing real wildlife, while the movie will reportedly revolve around a group of people trekking through the jungle in order to find a cure for a friend who has fallen ill. Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) are in negotiations to write the script. While normally I would probably say this sounds like the stupidest idea in the world, I think I’ll call it right now… $1.3 billion worldwide! What do you think?» Related Link: /Film