With Disney already developing a movie adaptation based on their theme park attraction Jungle Cruise, the studio is also moving forward with another theme park-based movie, Tower of Terror. Deadline reports that the studio is currently seeking screenwriters, who will write the script based on a treatment by John August. Both John August and producer Jim Whitaker took their idea to Disney, and the studio sparked to their take.
The attraction opened at DisneyWorld's Hollywood Studios in 1994, which is based on the anthology series The Twilight Zone. The attraction is set at the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel, where visitors step inside an elevator, where they're told stories about several people who have disappeared in that very same elevator over the years. The movie adaptation will follow a group of five people, who enter an elevator in a posh hotel. They all disappear after the hotel is struck by lightning. The Twilight Zone angle won't be explored in the movie.
The theme park attraction was previously adapted into a 1997 TV movie dubbed Tower of Terror. The movie starred Steve Guttenberg, Kirsten Dunst, Nia Peeples, Michael McShane and Melora Hardin. Several scenes of the TV movie were shot at the actual attraction, but it isn't clear if Disney plans on shooting this movie at the original attraction.
After opening in Disneyworld, Tower of Terror expanded to Disney California Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea and Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris. Disney's recent sci-fi fantasy movie Tomorrowland is loosely based on the DisneyWorld attraction of the same name, and the studio also turned one ride into a blockbuster movie franchise, with Pirates of the Caribbean. The studio just wrapped production on the fifth adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which hits theaters in the summer of 2017.
John August is best known for writing several Tim Burton movies, such as Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Dark Shadows, and Frankenweenie. His other writing credits include Go, Charlie's Angels, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and The Nines, which served as his directorial debut. Are you excited to see a Tower of Terror movie hit the big screen?