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    David Gordon Green To Direct Movie About Walt Disney’s Building Of Disneyland; Cavalry Media To Produce

    Deadline Hollywood
    October 11, 2021

    Deadline has learned that David Gordon Green is set to direct a movie at Disney Studios for Disney+ about Walt Disney’s journey to building Disneyland, the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

    The news comes days before Gordon’s Halloween Kills opens, the sequel to the highest-grossing Halloween movie of all time It was released in 2018 and racked up $255.6 million.

    Evan Spiliotopoulos, who has a history writing on such Disney projects as The Jungle Book 2, Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure and the $1.26 billion-grossing live-action reboot of Beauty and the Beast, is set to write. Cavalry Media and producer Jason Reed spent a year developing the pitch before bringing it to Disney.

    Spiliotopoulos’ credits also include the $165M-grossing The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the $245M WW-grossing Hercules; and this year’s Snake Eyes and The Unholy.

    Allison Erlikhman will oversee for Disney Studios. Dana Brunetti and Matt DelPiano at Cavalry Media will produce with Reed. Reed produced Disney’s live-action take on Mulan last year, and was an EP on Paramount’s 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Jessica Matthews, who works with Reed, will serve as EP....




    Full article at the link.

    "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
    it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
    together with every variety of recreation and fun,
    designed to appeal to everyone."

    - Walt Disney

    "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
    - Michael Eisner

    "It's very symbiotic."
    - Bob Chapek

  • #2
    Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
    David Gordon Green To Direct Movie About Walt Disney’s Building Of Disneyland; Cavalry Media To Produce

    Deadline Hollywood
    October 11, 2021

    Deadline has learned that David Gordon Green is set to direct a movie at Disney Studios for Disney+ about Walt Disney’s journey to building Disneyland, the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

    The news comes days before Gordon’s Halloween Kills opens, the sequel to the highest-grossing Halloween movie of all time It was released in 2018 and racked up $255.6 million.

    Evan Spiliotopoulos, who has a history writing on such Disney projects as The Jungle Book 2, Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure and the $1.26 billion-grossing live-action reboot of Beauty and the Beast, is set to write. Cavalry Media and producer Jason Reed spent a year developing the pitch before bringing it to Disney.

    Spiliotopoulos’ credits also include the $165M-grossing The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the $245M WW-grossing Hercules; and this year’s Snake Eyes and The Unholy.

    Allison Erlikhman will oversee for Disney Studios. Dana Brunetti and Matt DelPiano at Cavalry Media will produce with Reed. Reed produced Disney’s live-action take on Mulan last year, and was an EP on Paramount’s 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Jessica Matthews, who works with Reed, will serve as EP....




    Full article at the link.
    I love anything that is centered around Walt himself, and this should be a great addition to the park and Disney documentaries.
    BGood! It's not just my motto its my name!

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    • #3
      I'd love for them to cast Tom Hanks to play Walt again.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mickdaddy View Post

        I love anything that is centered around Walt himself, and this should be a great addition to the park and Disney documentaries.
        Have to see it first....Should be Interesting
        Like wise, always enjoy Ideals and History, centered around Walt himself .
        imo
        Soaring like an EAGLE !

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        • #5
          I'm cautiously interested. The Disney+ originals have been pretty hit or miss so far and the amount of content focusing on their theme parks is teetering towards indulging in vanity (I get it, it's a Disney platform, but still). But I like Saving Mr. Banks, and it seems like they have a solid creative team, so I'll keep my eyes on this one.

          Originally posted by Co Foo View Post
          I'd love for them to cast Tom Hanks to play Walt again.
          Disney's next big thing- the Walt Disney Cinematic Universe (WDCU)
          Brian the Pooh

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          • #6

            Posted this morning on KTLA.com...


            What we know about Disney’s upcoming movie about the creation of Disneyland

            Disney is currently developing a movie about Walt Disney’s journey to build Disneyland. The film, which does not yet have a title, will stream on Disney Plus.

            Disneyland opened in 1955 and is the only theme park that opened and operated while Walt Disney was still alive. Walt died in 1966, five years before Walt Disney World opened its gates.

            According to Deadline, David Gordon Green will direct the film and Evan Spiliotopoulos will write the screenplay.

            Green said the film will focus on the creation of Disneyland and less on how the park has changed over the years.

            After the announcement, many Disney fans speculated about the possibility Tom Hanks might reprise his role of Walt Disney in the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks. During his interview with Collider, Green addressed the speculation.

            “I think that’s been done,” Green told Collider, referring to Tom Hanks playing Walt Disney. “I think I haven’t even gotten that far into how you embody that character.”

            Disney has not provided any details about an expected release date.


            "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
            it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
            together with every variety of recreation and fun,
            designed to appeal to everyone."

            - Walt Disney

            "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
            - Michael Eisner

            "It's very symbiotic."
            - Bob Chapek

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            • #7
              A quote from the Collider article cited above:

              David Gordon Green on Why He Wants to Make a Movie about Disneyland’s Creation

              "It should be noted that this project will probably take some time to develop and Green is always keeping busy. In addition to this untitled Disneyland movie, he’s also making a new trilogy based on The Exorcist, there’s the conclusion of his Halloween trilogy Halloween Ends, an HBO series based on Hellraiser, and he works on the comedy series The Righteous Gemstones. With a plate that’s mostly full of horror, it’s no surprise that Green also wants to make time for the happiest place on Earth."

              "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
              it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
              together with every variety of recreation and fun,
              designed to appeal to everyone."

              - Walt Disney

              "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
              - Michael Eisner

              "It's very symbiotic."
              - Bob Chapek

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              • #8
                Likely too far past now, but always thought an actor that was an interesting choice to play Walt was Richard Dreyfuss.

                I recall reading some place years ago, back in the early 1980s, Dreyfuss was trying and almost actively campaigning to play Walt in a bio pic.

                Also, even though they will likely tread very lightly, if at all, on this topic in the film, I do hope it shows just how much Roy Disney also was involved in helping Disneyland become a reality and some of the tension that caused the brothers.

                While Walt deserves the credit as the visionary and frontman for making the park come true, Roy was also instrumental in getting the money needed to make the park a reality by day one.

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                • #9
                  So based on the earliest mention of DL in a memo in 1948 (IIRC) and opening day in 1955, we're looking for an actor in his late 40s and then aging to his mid 50s. That would kind of eliminate Tom Hanks, who is in his 60s.

                  Bradley Cooper? Ryan Reynolds? IDK, maybe they're too 'well preserved' to play their actual ages. Men who were in their 40s and 50s in the '40s and '50s seem to look older than men the same ages today.

                  Plus Walt had a nice looking but unique face. Not a classically handsome nor a 'pretty boy' face.
                  "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.​"

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Co Foo View Post
                    I'd love for them to cast Tom Hanks to play Walt again.
                    YES!

                    Or if the charismatic, Oscar-winning star of the recent silent movie "The Artist" (Jean Dujardin) could do a perfect American accent, he should get an
                    audition. He looks like Walt.


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
                      A quote from the Collider article cited above:

                      David Gordon Green on Why He Wants to Make a Movie about Disneyland’s Creation

                      "It should be noted that this project will probably take some time to develop and Green is always keeping busy. In addition to this untitled Disneyland movie, he’s also making a new trilogy based on The Exorcist, there’s the conclusion of his Halloween trilogy Halloween Ends, an HBO series based on Hellraiser, and he works on the comedy series The Righteous Gemstones. With a plate that’s mostly full of horror, it’s no surprise that Green also wants to make time for the happiest place on Earth."
                      Going be interesting when the time come...
                      But does it be few years ,down the road ...way it sound on this post
                      Green does sound -very Busy-
                      Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                      • #12
                        This could be a good movie, but I worry about "creative licensing", historical inaccuracies and storylines clichés that could ruin it.

                        In other words, it better not have a scene where we see Walt successfully convincing a grumpy old man named "Harry T." to stop being a killjoy and "just ride on Dumbo, for Peter Pan's sake."(CUT TO SHOT OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT RIDING ON DUMBO WITH A WIDE GRIN).

                        I feel very tempted to write more scenarios that Hollywood could come up with...

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                        • #13
                          It will be interesting to see how they recreate old Disneyland (assuming the movie depicts Disneyland's opening). I noticed in Saving Mr. Banks they basically depicted Disneyland as it looks now, complete with Pinocchio's Daring Journey in the background, despite the movie taking place in 1964.
                          Brian the Pooh

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                          • #14
                            The final scene will be Bob Chapek relieving himself on Walt’s grave.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Brian PieGuy View Post
                              It will be interesting to see how they recreate old Disneyland (assuming the movie depicts Disneyland's opening). I noticed in Saving Mr. Banks they basically depicted Disneyland as it looks now, complete with Pinocchio's Daring Journey in the background, despite the movie taking place in 1964.
                              CGI can be pretty amazing these days and I'm sure Disney has access to the very best talent when it comes to creating whatever locations need to be created. Based on this quote from the article "Disney is currently developing a movie about Walt Disney’s journey to build Disneyland" I wonder if the movie will focus mainly on the events that went on BEFORE any ground-breaking for the actual park took place. His 'dream' and making people believe in him. They could then easily fade from Walt signing the final legal documents to get started to a CGI opening day.
                              "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.​"

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Stormy View Post
                                So based on the earliest mention of DL in a memo in 1948 (IIRC) and opening day in 1955, we're looking for an actor in his late 40s and then aging to his mid 50s. That would kind of eliminate Tom Hanks, who is in his 60s.

                                Bradley Cooper? Ryan Reynolds? IDK, maybe they're too 'well preserved' to play their actual ages. Men who were in their 40s and 50s in the '40s and '50s seem to look older than men the same ages today.

                                Plus Walt had a nice looking but unique face. Not a classically handsome nor a 'pretty boy' face.
                                They do so many creepy CGI effects at making actors look younger so they can age, I don't think that bothers hollywood anymore. Bothers me, but I get creeped out easily. (Uncanny valley). **spoiler for black widow****

                                For example, what they did to Rachel Weisz in "Black Widow" (love her). It was so weird watching her in the beginning. Very distracting.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
                                  YES!

                                  Or if the charismatic, Oscar-winning star of the recent silent movie "The Artist" (Jean Dujardin) could do a perfect American accent, he should get an
                                  audition. He looks like Walt.


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                                  Yes! Good shots -- very similar.

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                                  • #18
                                    I just know , ....I sure miss UNCLE" WALT" on TV
                                    every Sunday night
                                    Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by nostalgic View Post

                                      They do so many creepy CGI effects at making actors look younger so they can age, I don't think that bothers hollywood anymore. Bothers me, but I get creeped out easily. (Uncanny valley). **spoiler for black widow****

                                      For example, what they did to Rachel Weisz in "Black Widow" (love her). It was so weird watching her in the beginning. Very distracting.
                                      What is weirder, is that they made David Harbour look both younger and older in the movie! Despite being Natasha's "dad", Harbour is only 46, just 10 years older than Johansson at 36. In the begining Harbour is aged down, while he is aged up in the rest of the movie. Granted, it doesn't really matter because
                                      Spoiler
                                      the Red Guardian is not really Natasha's father
                                      .

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
                                        YES!

                                        Or if the charismatic, Oscar-winning star of the recent silent movie "The Artist" (Jean Dujardin) could do a perfect American accent, he should get an
                                        audition. He looks like Walt.


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                                        IDK. I think it may be the 1930s 'period' hair & clothing in that shot. One of Walt's noticeable features when he was a younger man was a rather narrow chin & somewhat broad forehead. Although it did 'even out' as he aged and got more 'jowl-y'. If you Google images of M Dujardin (what a dish!!), has a rather 'strong' jaw & a more 'balanced' forehead.

                                        "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.​"

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