Recently it was revealed that a new film about Walt Disney building Disneyland is currently in development for Disney+ and will be directed by David Gordon and written by Even Spiliotopoulos, who wrote the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast”.
During a recent interview with Collider while promoting his new movie, “Halloween”, David confirmed that he was working on the new project:
Yeah. I’m developing. It’s about the brotherhood of Walt and Roy Disney and it’s interesting because you see, and even I saw the headline yesterday, I was, wow, that does sound… I was thinking this cool artistic, collaborative brotherhood story. Then you look at it as it’s written and think about the institution that is Disney around this. And you’re, “No, that’s a big story”. But to me, it’s how do these two guys engineer something that became Disneyland.
He also added that he has been watching the Disney documentaries on Disney+
I love that. That stuff is so fun to watch. I watch it with my kids. It’s so cool.
During the interview, David Gordon also explained where the project is right now and how the new film will span the entire Disneyland creation process.
Well, it has yet to be written, so that’s kind of evolving, but it’s basically the creation, the construction of Disneyland. So that’s a several year project for sure.
Many Disney fans have been hoping that Tom Hanks would return for another film after playing Walt Disney in “Saving Mr Banks”, which was all about how the classic “Mary Poppins” film came to be created. David shared some thoughts on Tom Hanks returning for this new film.
I think that’s been done. I think I haven’t even gotten that far into to how you embody that character, but I love the story and I love the… I have so many valuable relationships from the people that I’ve worked with, the people that I’ve butted heads with, the people I’ve been inspired by. I had dinner at Jason Blum’s house last night and we have such a great time, not agreeing. We have a wonderful time when we get to celebrate agreeing and the evolution of our characters is created through those creative charges. Everything I do is kind of a selfish, self-indulgent exploration of character. If it’s Michael Myers versus Laurie Strode, or Walt vs Roy, or Seth Rogen versus Franco in Pineapple Express, I’m always just looking at those people with new mindsets that opened each other’s philosophies.
The untitled Disneyland film is still in the early stages of development and is no doubt, years away from being available on Disney+, but it’s certainly interesting hearing some early thoughts on this new Disney+ Original.
Are you looking forward to this new “Disneyland” film?