Another theme park attraction is getting the movie treatment. On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Ryan Reynolds was teaming up with Strange World co-director Qui Nguyen to develop a movie based on Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Nguyen will pen the screenplay for the film, which will be a live action take, while Reynolds will produce through his Maximum Effort banner.
This marks the second project centered around the Society of Explorers and Adventurers attraction. A Disney+ series is also in the works from executive producer and writer Ron Moore (For All Mankind). It’s said that Moore’s project will exist within the Magic Kingdom Universe, while Nguyen’s film will add “alternative angles to SEA mythology in present day by adding a new supernatural element to the history and following new characters not present in the original SEA lore.”
The Society of Explorers and Adventurers, or the SEA, first launched in Tokyo Disneyland before expanding to Hong Kong Disneyland. The attraction has a rich mythology to it that “sees its founding in 1538 in Italy and expanding around the globe as an organization that consists of not only explorers and adventurers but also scientists, artists, and travelers.” Disney is hopeful to launch a new franchise with the film.
Reynolds, of course, is prepping for Deadpool 3, the first Deadpool movie to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Production is expected to kick off sometime next year. While Nguyen has Strange World up next with Disney in November. He penned the screenplay and co-directed the film starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Prior to that, Nguyen also wrote the screenplay for Raya and the Last Dragon.