EXCLUSIVE: Disney’s next feature film based on one of its classic theme park rides looks to be getting ready to leave the station as sources tell Deadline Bert & Bertie are in negotiations to direct a new feature film based on the Big Thunder Mountain attraction at Disney Theme Parks. LuckyChap Entertainment and Scott Free are producing with Kieran and Michele Mulroney writing the script.
The original theme park ride opened in 1979 in Disneyland with another version opening soon after in Magic Kingdom and is an exhilarating mine cart ride set in a mining town where gold is discovered. The ride is one of the more recognizable coasters in all of Disney parks, also appearing in the Tokyo and Paris locations.
Plot details are unknown at this time but Disney has always been high on figuring out ways to turning their popular theme park attractions into big feature films, even if the ride isn’t based on a popular Walt Disney movie. The best example is the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise which began as a fun summer movie and turned into a hit franchise that the studio is still developing new films for today. Other past examples include the recent Jungle Cruise pic starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt and The Haunted Mansion, which is getting another reboot with Owen Wilson starring.
As for Bert & Bertie, the directing duo was already in the studio’s good graces after getting high marks for directing a majority of the Marvel Hawkeye series for Disney+. Even with that strong relationship, the two needed to deliver a presentation to studio execs and sources say from the start, Disney was excited about their vision of what this film could be.
Besides Hawkeye, Bert & Bertie also recently directed episodes of the hit HBO comedy series Our Flag Means Death. They are repped by Verve and Hirsch Wallerstein.
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