The Walt Disney Company to Develop Matterhorn Film
The Walt Disney Company is keen to follow in the footsteps of its “Pirates of the Caribbean” success by producing another feature film based on a theme-park attraction. The latest of the ride-turned-movies will be the Matterhorn, Heat Vision reports.
According to the website, Disney has signed on Jason Dean Hall to write an adventure story based on the ride. The Matterhorn, one of Disney’s most well-known attractions, features a toboggan-themed roller coaster and three animatronic Abominable Snowmen who growl at riders. It was opened in June of 1959, inspired by Walt Disney’s recent trip to Switzerland. It was refurbished in 1978.
According to Heat Vision, the Matterhorn film will be a “thrilling, fast-paced movie centering on five young adventure seekers who, for mysterious reasons, are called to the top of the mountain.” Executives assure young viewers that yes, Abominable Snowmen will be present.
Of Disney’s many ride-turned-movies, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise is the most successful, pulling in $986,665,000 at the box office for the latest film. Other projects based on theme park attractions include Guillermo del Toro’s Haunted Mansion and David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The theme park itself will be featured in Jon Favreau’s Magic Kingdom.