Michael Chabon To Write Disney’s ‘Magic Kingdom’ and Director Jon Favreau Gives Insight On Creative Process
Hold on to your seats ladies and gents, the next thing to invade theaters near you is the coming to life of the world’s most magical place on earth, Disney’s Magic Kingdom. When we saw Museums come to life in Night at the Museum, our childhood fantasy of things coming to life when night settled was rekindled. Now children will get to experience that same fascination with this film’s adaptation of what it’d be like in Disney theme parks once the doors are closed. With the official announcement of Michael Cabon & Jon Favreau joining together to produce this magical and daunting task, the wheels have started to turn for production and research. At this year’s Hero Complex Film Festival Jon Favreau gave us a glimpse into their creative process, and what they need to tackle for this film.
Favreau on his “special tour of Disney afterhours:
“I’ve been hanging out with the Imagineers, especially Tony Baxter who is the main dude whose been there for decades. They called up and said ‘Do you want to go on the after dark tour?’ And they said, ‘Where do you want to go? We don’t close till midnight so why don’t we have dinner at the Blue Bayou or Club 33,’ I said ‘Blue Bayou is fine,’ and then we’ll wait until the park closes, we’ll hang out at Walt’s apartment over the fire station. It’s untouched and the baby bottles are still there, pictures of him and his wife are there and it’s over the lookout and you see down into the park. And then when it closed they say ‘Okay, where do you want to go?’ ‘I don’t know, Pirates?’ ‘Okay Pirates.’ They open up Pirates [of the Caribbean] and there you are walking behind the sets and over the bridges and The Haunted Mansion? All the things I grew up saying ‘How did they do that?’ And now I’m looking at the way they do it.”
Favreau on the realization of what makes a Disney movie, and the immensity of the project:
“It just touches things in me and that all, again, it’s always about emotion and what’s charged for people in a good way where you can be respectful of it but not overly reverent of it. Pixar does a really good job, Toy Story does a really good job of finding that tone and to me, on these big movies, it’s all about tone. That’s my only gig as a director is to make sure the tone’s right….As a director your only true responsibility is coordinating it and making it have the proper tone and personality and so when you see something that really inspires you, it allows you to obsess on something for two years, which is how long these movies take. You have to find something that just really floats your boat and it gets you excited. At least where I’m at now, I haven’t had to compromise yet in my career as far as far as the material I’ve chosen. I don’t always know what I’m getting myself into but I always start off with feeling extremely bullish on the whole situation. And this one, it gets me excited that I can do something I’ve never done before. And also, I’ve got three kids and just to connect with something that joins all generations of my family, at this point in my life, is really really exciting and compelling.”
With such passion and the obvious attention to detail that is being shown so far, this film could become a great hit. For now though, we sit and wait to see what research and planning will eventually put forth on the big screen. Check out the full article on the story at Slashfilm, and let us know what you think on this idea of Disney coming to life after dark. Is it an Epic win or Epic Fail?