24 Frames has learned that Walt Disney Pictures is in talks to acquire Tiki, a screenplay written by musician Ahmet Zappa (yes, son of Frank Zappa) and writing partner Michael Wilson (Shark Tale, Ice Age, Burn Notice, Monster Witness Relocation Program). While the story is not directly related the the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction at Disneyland, Zappa and Wilson were inspired by the animatronic show and decided to write “an action-adventure that mixes in Polynesian mythology.”

I was just at Disneyland a couple weeks ago and visited the Tiki Room, which is one of the older attractions which many of the Disneyland visitors passby on the way to Indiana Jones. It’s one of the most underrated gems in the park, an attraction opened by Walt Disney himself in June 23rd 1963 featuring a room which would come to life using the latest in Audio-Animatronic technology.

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green sounds it would extend some of the instincts he showed off in Animal Kingdom, and new details suggest the movie might be triangulated between literary work from Jonathan Irving, Jonathan Carroll and the short stories of Haruki Murakami. Which is odd, because it is from About a Boy and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? writer and Dan in Real Life director Peter Hedges. Read More »

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Briefly: Disney has picked up a new spec script by Ahmet Zappa and Michael Wilson, called Monster Witness Relocation Program. Zappa came up with the basic story, and Deadline‘s report suggests that Disney will develop the film as a project for Jaden Smith.

The title alone probably made this a buy — Deadline offers no story details, but it isn’t too hard to imagine quite a few options. That’s some of the marketing done, right there. Then again, the site notes that Disney long ago bought the rights to Zappa’s book The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless, “about a brother and sister who discover they hail from a long line of monster hunters. They have to learn the family business quick when their father is kidnapped and they take on the most diabolical creature in the universe.” That one is still in development. Then again, it doesn’t have a ‘Goodfellas for Monsters’ title like this new script does.

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