When Disney first announced Pirates of the Caribbean, the idea of a movie based on a theme park ride seemed dicey at best. The success of Pirates has thus far only been replicated by Jungle Cruise. Others, such as Tomorrowland and The Country Bears, have flopped. However, the latest idea heading to the big screen looks like it could be a significant success, with Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain landing the directing team of Bert and Bertie.
Most Disney fans who have been to the parks will know the Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster, as the attraction has been part of the Disneyland park in California since 1979 and in Orlando’s Magic Kingdom since the early 1980s. It is one of the most recognizable roller coasters of the historic Disney set, with its oversized stone mountain silhouette.
The roller coaster is the fictional Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the central point of a mining town where gold is discovered. Each has a different name depending on the park; the original in Disneyland is Rainbow Ridge. (Orlando’s is called Tumbleweed.) It has an 1880-style Western theme, and the structure looks like Disney built it from the Utah red rock canyon area. However, the mountain was a sacred spot to local Native Americans and cursed after the surge of white settlers desecrated it. After a tragedy (an earthquake in California’s Rainbow Ridge, a flood in Orlando’s Tumbleweed), it becomes a ghost town where the trains run on their own.
So how much of this will make it into the movie? Here’s everything to know so far.
Big Thunder Mountain Filming Updates
The directing duo of Bert & Bertie have had two major hits in the last year, first with the Marvel series Hawkeye. Though plot details are under wraps, Deadline reports, “Disney was excited from the start about their vision of what the Big Thunder Mountain film could be.” The married writing duo Kieran and Michele Mulroney, best known for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, is charged with writing the script.
Big Thunder Mountain Cast
As of right now, no cast is attached to the project. However, the key to Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise’s success was putting a tentpole celebrity as the personality the films were built around. The charisma of the central star drove the movie to the point that the plot didn’t matter. Chances are Bert and Bertie have one in mind, but until that person is contracted, nothing else about the film will probably move forward.
Big Thunder Mountain Release Date and Trailer Predictions
No release date has been set for the film as yet. That being said, Disney had laid out the dates it plans to release films through 2024, and this could be eyed as the summer tentpole release for July 5, 2024.
The post Disney’s ‘Big Thunder Mountain’: Predicted Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Updates appeared first on Elite Daily.