Disney Making Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room-Inspired Film BUT IT ISN'T AN ADAPTATION

November 9, 2010


Disney's film adaptation of Pirate of the Caribbean turned what was once a leisurely animatronic boat ride into a genuine franchise and a huge money-maker for the studio. You had to expect they'd probably try to turn another amusement park attraction--let's say, Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room, maybe--into a drastically-expanded action-adventure series, too. Well, guess what: they AREN'T doing that! Disney is simply buying a script, written by Ahmet Zappa and Michael Wilson, "inspired by Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room" and turning that into a movie--though a Disney spokesperson was quick to note, "the project is not an adaptation of the attraction and is merely an action-adventure that mixes in Polynesian mythology," which is obviously nothing like the exact same thing as the Pirates of the Caribbean films. This is "inspired by" a theme park attraction, not at all an adaptation of one, OK? We'll just have to rely on another Haunted Mansion movie, and the next Pirates of the Caribbean film, and the entire Disneyland theme park movie to sate our attraction-based movie hunger, as if that will be enough.

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