12:32pm PT by Graeme McMillan
From Ride to Read: Disney Readies 'Space Mountain' Comic
Having successfully transformed Pirates of the Caribbean from a theme park attraction to a movie franchise -- and somewhat less successfully attempting to do the same thing with The Haunted Mansion -- it looks like Disney is looking to work its magic on yet another theme park ride. Are you ready for Space Mountain: The Comic Book?
The official title for the project is apparently Space Mountain: A Graphic Novel, a 176-page original graphic novel to be published by Disney Press next year. Written by Bryan Q. Miller, a writer for the CW's Smallville as well as DC's Smallville tie-in comic and fan-favorite Batgirl comic, the graphic novel will be illustrated by former Batman and Sandman artist Kelley Jones.
According to the plot description on Amazon, the story takes place in the year 2125, where "the Magellan Science Academy has given two lucky cadets 'golden tickets' to join a team of space explorers on a special field trip to journey 24 hours into the future. But when their mission goes unexpectedly wrong, the two kids must band together with a miniature flying saucer sidekick to save themselves and their crew -- and return to Space Mountain -- before time runs out and the universe is destroyed!" Golden tickets? Holy Roald Dahl!
A report on the Bleeding Cool website describes the book as the first of a trilogy and suggests that more information will be revealed at New York Comic Con this October. It'll be interesting to see whether this is the start of a bigger move to turn Space Mountain into a story, as opposed to a ride. Space Mountain: The Movie, anyone?