Last month we reported that Brian Beletic, a hotshot commercials director, was going to be making his feature helming debut on Matterhorn (previously titled The Hill).
At the time, Jason Dean Hall was penning the project. But now it appears as though Ehren Kruger (Transformers 2, Scream 3) has been brought on to either revise or rewrite Hall’s original draft. It’s also worth noting that this project might get another title change. Since they’re now just referring to it as Untitled Mountain Adventure Movie or something (there’s several variations on this in the articles headline and content).
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “High-flying scribe Ehren Kruger has been tapped to work on Disney’s untitled explorers movie project… The project formerly was associated with the Matterhorn ride at Disneyland but its scope has since been broadened. The story centers on five young adventure seekers — an action sports guy, travel guide, cartographer, archeologist and escape artist — who venture into the Alps for mysterious reasons and face Yetis that guard a secret.”
We were previously told the project had a supernatural bent. No word yet on if Kruger’s involvement means that it will be brought up in the first act and then dropped like a hot potato. READ MORE
Disney has set Brian Beletic, a hotshot commercials director, to make his feature helming debut on the previously titled The Hill, which is inspired by the theme park “Matterhorn” ride, reports Deadline. The studio is calling the film its “Untitled Explorers Project.”
Penned by Jason Dean Hall, “A small group of young, super adventure/explorers, each with a specific skill set, are brought to the remote backcountry of the Pennine Alps under various guises for a trek across one of the planet’s remaining untouched realms. They do this with extreme skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering.”
As we previously reported, the idea is to do a thrilling, fast-paced movie centering on five young adventure seekers who, for mysterious reasons, are called to the top of the mountain and encounter a Yetis on the journey down. There’s said to be a supernatural twist… READ MORE
What’s interesting about Disney theme park-inspired film adaptations are that the goal is to bring the viewers into the parks. So, when Disney makes a new Pirates of the Caribbean or Haunted Mansion, they hope the boxoffice is big enough that they’re create new lifelong Disneyworld or Disneyland fans.
I chuckle as I report to you that Buena Vista is working on a feature version of the Matterhorn rollercoaster ride, also known as the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which has been part of Disneyland’s Fantasyland section since 1959. It never works, which is why I find this hilarious, although the modern version at Disneyworld’s Animal Kingdom is pretty intense.
Anyways, the studio has hired Jason Dean Hall to write a script for the project, which has a working title of The Hill. The idea is to do a thrilling, fast-paced movie centering on five young adventure seekers who, for mysterious reasons, are called to the top of the mountain and encounter a Yetis on the journey down. There’s said to be a supernatural twist.