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Will “The Jungle Book” director Jon Favreau finally get to make his “Magic Kingdom” movie?

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With the release of Disney’s The Jungle Book live-action film right around the corner, fans have been clamoring to figure out whether a certain rumor involving director Jon Favreau has any truth to it. A rumor that started when the Iron Man helmer spoke out some years ago about his dream film.

Jon Favreau wants to make a Magic Kingdom movie. In a recent interview with Collider, he shed a little more light on whether that dream will finally become a reality.

“Yeah, I would love to do that. We have scripts for it. We’ve planned, we’ve done illustrations. The question really becomes about Disney, with the way that they’re working out their catalog of material,” Favreau said, then pointing out to recent examples of Disney reviving its classics, such as Maleficent, the live-action Cinderella and his own revival of Rudyard Kipling’s tale.

What’s interesting about this is, in past interviews, Favreau had stated that the technology used for The Jungle Book was a test for what could be accomplished in a potential Magic Kingdom film. Would this film follow the ever-popular Kingdom Keepers series, or will it be a completely original story? Would it be about the history of the park, or a Night At The Museum-style romp that finds the attractions coming alive?

Unfortunately, we have nothing else to report. But the fact alone that Jon Favreau has had such a huge hand in launching a handful of new and exciting Disney cinematic properties (and he’s openly campaigning for it), means there’s a good chance it could happen. Personally, I’m still holding out hope for Guillermo Del Toro’s Haunted Mansion — but I never get what I want, so whatever. Harrumph.

What would you like to see in a Magic Kingdom movie? Let me know in the comments!

14 Comments

  1. EricJ

    So, what IS the Magic Kingdom movie, anyway?
    From the descriptions of the earlier project, it sounded like Disney trying to get a grab on the bestselling Kingdom Keepers book series–Except that they ran up against the basic problem between the two, in that the book series was not allowed to use specific Disney movie characters (we have a villain who only -looks- like Maleficent), and Disney had hoped to use nothing but.

    Now it sounds like they’ve leaped onto the “Linked Universe” craze (uh, Disney, you -started- it, you don’t have to leap onto it) with their live-action Disney-character remakes.
    Which sounds like they finally threw the books out the window and made up their own movie from scratch keeping the title and director.

  2. jcc0621

    I have read all of the Kingdom Keepers Books with my son (Currently reading #7) and they all very specifically mention Disney characters

  3. Nicole Walton-Turek

    If like to see it as a roger rabbit meets night at the museum sorta film nothing too heavy or actiony something that everyone could enjoy that’s funny 🙂

  4. Katelyn Nussbaum

    The kingdom keepers books are published BY Disney, so they use the characters from the movies such as Chernabog and Maleficent. They are mentioned by name. As for the Magic Kingdom movie, I heard that they were making this about a year ago and got super excited only to read that it is loosely based on Kingdom Keepers. This means that it will follow a FAMILY, not the keepers, as they get locked in the park after hours and the attractions come to life. I read this multiple places and while I hoped that it was a Kingdom Keepers movie, I don’t see it being one since the book series was originally pitched as a movie idea before being shut down and Ridley Pearson deciding to turn it into the popular book series it is today.

    1. EricJ

      Originally, Night at the Museum was Fox trying to scuttle Disney’s “Unnatural History”, about a family stuck in the museum overnight, and Fox managed to defeat their rival by attaching a book-adaptation deal to it.
      Disney might have the script story lying around and thought it could use the quasi-Kingdom Keepers storyline to retrofit it.

      And while Keepers may have Disney’s blessing now, the first book had only licensed Park icons to use.
      They couldn’t use Cruella DeVille, and…neither could Disney, as they found out when Dodie Smith complained about their attempt to use her in another movie.

  5. Jeff

    Yes, I have the Kingdom Keeper series, and it is very specifically DISNEY and DISNEY CHARACTERS.

    I’ve been crossing my fingers about this one because it’s a fun ride that could see FINN WHITMAN as DISNEY’S version of HP. Favreau could pull this off.

    As with the series, the 1st film in line would center around Magic Kingdom (and to not give away SPOILERS) and so on and so forth through the rest of the series.

  6. The first thing I always have in my head when thinking of Magic Kingdom is my child hood and how alive everything felt. If this movie is made, I really want to see this movie about a child around the age of 8 or 9, go to the Magic Kingdom for the first time! I want the entire park to transform into this mystical world through a child’s eyes. An example would be Peter Pans Flight when instead of a simple pirate ship looking over machines, this child is flying across never land with Peter and Wendy. I would love to see a movie about the Magic Kingdom through the eyes of a kid via a movie!!

  7. We just entered a contest singing I Wan’na Be Like You… hehehe..and we can’t sing 🙂 but did pretty good… Best of Luck to you making your dream come true

  8. Shelby Linthicum

    I hope they do the whole series of Kingdom Keepers. I love that series soooooo much!!!

  9. Jimmy

    I am obsessed with the Kingdom Keepers book series and if they were to make a movie I think it would be amazing so lets hope they do!!

  10. Laura

    yes a magic kingdom movie would be wonderful

  11. Jack

    I would like to see some of the Disney Villains appear in this new ‘Magic Kingdom’ film

  12. Taylor

    The “Magic Kingdom” movie idea is amazing, but it has already been created. “Kingdom Keepers” has already stolen so many hearts, including mine. It would be almost nothing without Finn, Philby, Maybeck, Willa, and Charlene. They are what makes it so magical. Disney would just break my heart if they didn’t turn “Kingdom Keepers” into a movie. They have magic at their fingertips.

  13. Jesse Williams

    From what I gathered, its about a family that gets stuck there after park hours. So a Disney-vised version of Night at the Museum

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