The world scoffed when Disney first announced plans to turn Pirates of the Caribbean into a movie. But after that experiment proved a big, big success, it seemed like just a matter of time before Disney’s other classic rides got similar treatment. Today, it’s It’s a Small World‘s turn to get a Hollywood makeover.
The studio announced today that it will make an It’s a Small World movie, with Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) directing. Jerry Bruckheimer, who turned Pirates into such a massive hit, will produce. More details after the jump.
Deadline got the news. Few details have been released about the plot. What we do know is that Jared Stern will pen the script based on his own pitch. Stern was recently hired to write The Lego Movie 2 (with Michelle Morgan) and his other credits include The Internship and The Watch. He’s no stranger to Disney, having provided “additional story material” for Wreck-It Ralph and The Princess and the Frog.
In addition to writing, Stern will also produce along with Turteltaub and The Lego Movie 2 producer Dan Lin. It almost goes without saying that the filmmakers have hopes It’s a Small World will launch a franchise. But it may be some time before we find out whether those dreams will come true, as Deadline says the It’s a Small World movie “will take awhile to come together.”
Turteltaub’s history with Disney stretches back decades. His 1992 movie 3 Ninjas was a Disney movie, as were his Cool Runnings, While You Were Sleeping, Phenomenon, Instinct, The Kid, National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. (The last three of those were produced by Bruckheimer, who’s also done a lot of work with Disney.) However, his last release was the non-Disney movie Last Vegas.
In conclusion, here’s a video of people singing the ride’s maddeningly catchy theme song because I know that’s all you’ve been able to think about since you saw the headline anyway.