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Jon Favreau In Talks To Direct ‘Magic Kingdom’ For Walt Disney
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It’s being reported that Jon Favreau, director of the Iron Man movies and the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens, is now on a course to direct Magic Kingdom for The Walt Disney Company.

The movie has been around for a couple of years now, with a first draft of the script being penned by Battlestar Galactica genius, Ronald D. Moore. That script didn’t play out quite how Disney wished, and a new writer will be brought in to work on another new draft under Favreau and what his vision for the movie might be. The movie is of course based on the popular Disney theme park, and will tell a story where the various attractions in the park magically come to life. Possibly Disney’s own version of Night at the Museum?

It’s unclear whether or not this will be the next project for Favreau. He’s currently in post production on Cowboys & Aliens, and has a few other projects lines up as well. There’s always the possibility of Iron Man 3 jumping up, but at the moment that still looks to be off in the distance. For the here and now, Magic Kingdom‘s new script looks like it will determine how quickly production begins.

With Favreau doing so much epic comic book work lately, many may have forgotten that the director has done his fair share of family-friendly fare in the past. He directed the Jumanji sequel, Zathura, and he also directed the holiday favorite, Elf, with Will Ferrell.

[Source: Deadline]


  1. Ooooh I don’t knooow about thiiis…a Disney-fied version of Night at the Museum? I just don’t know. Even the Night at the Museum sequel was too cutesy for my taste.

    Comment by Paul — November 11, 2010 @ 11:48 am

  2. Oh, so Ronald Moore’s unique vision didn’t work out for Disney? Why am I not surprised? And why does this hack still get work?

    Maybe in his version, Mickey Mouse was an angel — and at the end, the Magic Kingdom gets sent into the sun.

    Good move Disney — Jon Favreau is the man to make this right.

    Comment by Steve — November 11, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

  3. The rather loosely described plot sounds a lot like “Kingdom Keepers”, the first in a series of kids’/young adult books written by Ridley Pearson set in Walt Disney World. They would make great movies, and I could definitely see Jon Favreau doing a fantastic job with them.

    Comment by Bixie — November 12, 2010 @ 11:11 am

  4. I hope it’s based on Kingdom Keepers.  The movie version of that series would be really cool and probably better than the books that really aren’t that well written, though I love reading them anyway.  Anxious to see what happens with this…

    Comment by Defygravity — July 31, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

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