Talk about meta. Walt Disney (studio) is making a film about Walt Disney (person) and his journey to build Disneyland (California theme parks).
David Gordon Green (“Halloween Kills”) is still directing the untitled film, which will premiere at Disney Plus. Evan Spiliotopoulos, whose achievements include Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “Snow White and the Huntsman”, wrote the screenplay.
Called the “happiest place on earth”, the Anaheim-based Disneyland opened in the summer of 1955. Although theme parks were later created in Florida, Paris, and other parts of the world, California Adventure Hall is Disney’s only theme park that operates directly under the supervision of the person whose name inspired the entertainment destination.
Disney theme parks are a rich source of materials for the studio, including “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “The Haunted Mansion” and “The Jungle Cruise” which inspire interesting movie pictures. The attraction of each theme park did not turn into cinematic gold. (“Tomorrowland”, starring George Clooney, we’re looking at you.) Conversely, some of Disney’s most popular movie franchises have made their way to themed areas, such as the Galaxy Edge of Star Wars and Marvel’s Avengers campus.
The upcoming movie is not the first attempt by Disney to capture Walt Disney’s triumphs and hardships. In 2013, the studio hired Tom Hanks to portray his founder in the movie “Saving Mr. Banks”, a biographical play for the land rights of film producer and entrepreneur Mary Poppins.
Equestrian Media is producing the film. Cavalry Media will co-produce with Dana Brunetti and Matt Delpiano Jason Reed. Jessica Matthews will work as executive producer. Alison Erlichman will oversee Disney Studios.
Deadline Hollywood first broke the news.