After Scarlett Johansson‘s legal outing with Disney, it was a bit questionable if they’ll move forward with the Tower of Terror adaptation that she was set to lead. Luckily, it seems that all qualms have been squashed and they are moving forward with the film as Taika Waititi may be eyed to tackle the project. Our friends over at DisInsider shared the news that he’ll adapt the film based on a script by Toy Story 4‘s Josh Cooley. It’ll continue their trend of turning their popular theme park rides into films, such as they did recently with the Jungle Cruise.
This is not the first time the Tower of Terror got its movie, as it was a made-for-television release back in 1997. D.J. MacHale directed a film starring Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst. It was even filmed at the attraction in Orlando back in the day and is technically the first time Disney adapted one of their rides into a feature film.
They have been seeing a lot of potential in this new direction, as they are running dry with their remakes of classic Disney films. Waititi is a great choice to bring such a wacky concept to life and he might inject some life into a rather simple horror storyline. Of course, they kept the story tightly under wraps, which opens up the question if they’ll once again have the actual ride as its setting. It’s very likely that they want to make use of a haunted theme ride so it’s not too similar to the upcoming Haunted Mansion adaptation.