You can put this item of news from the Hollywood Reporter under the "What?!" files. Jon Favreau is teaming up with Disney to make a movie based on their Magic Kingdom theme park. No, not an individual attraction like 'Pirates of the Caribbean' or 'The Haunted Mansion,' but the entire park. As if that wasn't bewildering enough, the original script (which looks to be getting a rewrite or two) was written by 'Battlestar Galactica' creator Ronald D. Moore, of all people.

Although plot details are bordering on non-existent, the concept of such a project already conjures up visions of family adventure films like 'Night at the Museum.' You can bet dollars to donuts that this will be a movie about the Magic Kingdom park, one of the four parks that make up Florida's Disney World, coming to life after closing time and the hapless security guard and/or park employee who finds himself forced into some sort of adventure that will transform him from a cynic into a happy, competent single parent.

Of course, every single word of that is conjecture, but what else are they going to do with a film based on a theme park? The big question is whether or not Ben Stiller is available.


It's easy to get snarky about a film project that sounds like nothing more than a two hour advertisement for a corporation that really doesn't need more advertising, but Favreau's presence suggests that something else may be going on here. We're talking about a smart man with generally good taste, the guy who made two blockbusters out of a third tier Marvel superhero with the 'Iron Man' movies, re-launched the career of the great Robert Downey Jr. and directed a rare modern Christmas classic with 'Elf.' And that's before his upcoming 'Cowboys & Aliens,' which may very well be the Best Movie Ever if it lives up to that title.

Does Favreau's mere presence, and the fact that Ron Moore took a swing at the script, suggest that this could be a film worth keeping our eyes on? Or will this be the kind of movie that features Will Ferrell running through Tomorrowland, screaming at the top of his lungs while being chased by the animatronics-come-to-life Hall of Presidents?