Disney is getting ready to ride Space Mountain onto the big screen.
The venerable ride is getting the movie treatment, with the studio hiring Joby Harold, who has worked a range of movies from Zack Snyder’s upcoming Army of the Dead to Warner’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, to write the script for what is to be a live-action adaptation.
Harold will also produce with partner and wife Tory Tunnell and their Safehouse Pictures banner. Also producing is Rideback, the shingle run by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich and was behind Disney’s billion dollar-grossing Aladdin.
Space Mountain is an indoor roller coaster with a space-theme. The ride was first introduced in Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort in 1975, followed by installations in California’s Disneyland in 1977. It became a fixture in the Tomorrowland section as other parks opened up and is now in five of the six parks around the world. The ride has no overarching theme nor memorable “scenes” or characters seen in such rides as Pirates of the Caribbean. In fact, Space Mountain in Disneyland has turned into Hyperspace Mountain and given a Star Wars make up on occasion. As such, the story is being created whole cloth with the ride acting as inspiration.
Logline details are being kept hidden amidst the rings of Saturn but it is described as a family adventure.
The project, which is in the early stages, is intended for theatrical release.
Harold is currently writing and executive producing the Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars series for Disney+ and earned an executive producer credit for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. He was also an exec producer on Underground, the historical drama co-created by Lovecraft Country’s Misha Green.
Tunnell also exec produced Underground and served in the same capacity on Safehouse’s Spinning Out, Netflix’s figure skating drama that starred Kaya Scodelario and January Jones.
Harold is repped by Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and Goodman Genow.