Disney Developing Tower Of Terror Movie

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Another Disney theme park attraction is on its way to the big screen, as the House of Mouse announce plans for a ‘Tower of Terror’ movie.

Deadline report that screenwriter John August and producer Jim Whitaker pitched a cinematic take on the ride, which takes guests plunging down an elevator shaft in a fancy hotel, which takes them on a mysterious and frightening adventure into the unknown.

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Launched in 1994 at Walt Disney World, Florida entitled ‘The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror,’ the ride draws heavily on imagery and music from TV’s ‘The Twilight Zone’ - although reportedly August and Whitaker’s take is an original story which makes no reference to the classic supernatural series.

It was also the first Disney theme park attraction to form the basis of a film: a ‘Tower of Terror’ TV movie was made in 1997 starring Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst, shot in part on the ride itself.

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The ride has subsequently been introduced in various other Disney theme parks around the world, including Tokyo and Paris.

Walt Disney Pictures have enjoyed varied success with movies based on their theme park attractions. Most notable is of course the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ which proved one of the studios biggest success stories, with four films grossing over $3.7 billion (£2.41 billion) at the box office, and a fifth film due in summer 2017.

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By contrast, 2003′s big screen take on ‘The Haunted Mansion’ starring Eddie Murphy proved less of a hit, the $90 million production grossing a little over $180 million in cinemas. Guillermo del Toro has been attached to a fresh take on the property, but no new film has emerged to date.

Most recently ‘Tomorrowland’ proved one of 2015′s biggest flops, making less than $210 million off a $190 million budget.

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