Disney is converting another major theme park ride into an action-packed, family-friendly movie for the silver screen.
Space Mountain is an indoor roller coaster with a space-theme which was first premiered at Walt Disney World in 1975, and then California’s Disneyland in 1977. It has become a fixture in the Tomorrowland section in five of the six Disney parks around the world.
In the past Disney has had mixed results creating films based on theme park attractions, which include the mega-popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as the top box office winner of them all. The recent Tomorrowland film received mediocre reviews, while The Haunted Mansion was criticized with changing too much from the iconic ride moments. This year was supposed to kick off the movie ride subgenre of films in the pipeline with Jungle Cruise, but just like everything else, the coronavirus pandemic forced Disney to move the film’s release date to summer 2021.
Unlike the other theme park rides that were made into movies, the Space Mountain ride has no memorable scenes or iconic characters, like Pirates of the Caribbean. With that in mind, plot details have yet to emerge, but the film is said to be a family adventure.
The thrill ride film will be written by Joby Harold (Awake). In addition to writing the script, Harold will be producing with his wife, Tory Tunnell, under their own Safehouse Pictures production company, as well as Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback, who previously worked on Disney’s live-action Aladdin.