Does Disney have another Pirates of the Caribbean on their hands?
ABC (which is owned by Disney) is developing a drama about the Disney park ride Big Thunder Mountain, EW has confirmed. The news was originally reported by Hollywood Reporter. The program will be written by Ice Age: Continental Drift’s Jason Fuchs and The Fast & the Furious’ Chris Morgan is attached to supervise and executive produce. No other details about the project were immediately available.
The story of the Big Thunder Mountain train ride goes that some time in the late 1800s, gold was discovered on Big Thunder Mountain in the American southwest. Overnight, the small mining town became a thriving area, but the mountain was cursed! Following a natural disaster, the settlers are forced to leave the town, but the train still runs on its own, without an engineer or a crew.
This isn’t the first time Disney has mined a ride for entertainment: Besides Pirates, Haunted Mansion and The Country Bears have each been turned into feature films.
Plus a Big Thunder Mountain series should fit nicely with The CW’s Magic Tea Party show…er, I mean Alice in Wonderland adaptation.