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Scarlett Johansson ‘to produce and star in’ Disney film based on gut-wrenching Tower of Terror ride

Steve Guttenberg starred in Disney’s first Tower of Terror film (Picture: Walt Disney Television)

 

Scarlett Johansson could be up for a bit of a rollercoaster role as she’s been linked to a new Tower of Terror movie based on the iconic Disney theme park attraction.

According to reports, the Avengers star will produce and star in the film about the truly gut-wrenching free-falling elevator ride, which has been a favourite among theme park fans for years.

Collider reports that Scarlett, 36, will produce the blockbuster through her company These Pictures, alongside filmmaker Jonathan Lia, but no director is attached at this stage and full plot details are unknown.

Inside Out writer Josh Cooley, who also directed Toy Story 4, is believed to be writing the script, so we’re sure it’s going to be a good one.

However, as the movie is at least likely to be inspired by the Tower of Terror elevator attraction, it’s possible the film could take inspiration from the ride’s 1930s faded but glamorous Hollywood Tower Hotel setting.

There’s also the ride’s source material, The Twilight Zone, a popular US anthology TV series, created and hosted by Rod Sterling, which ran from 1959 to 1964 and introduced its audience to the fifth dimension, a.k.a. the Twilight Zone.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, to give it its full name, has already inspired a 1997 TV film adaptation, faithful to the ride’s storyline, which starred Steve Guttenberg as journalist investigating the spooky goings-on at the hotel, and also starred Kirsten Dunst, Nia Peeples and Michael McShane.

This was Disney’s first time producing a film based on one of its own attractions, a strategy which has since seen huge success with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as well as a few misses with The Haunted Mansion and Tomorrowland.

The original Tower of Terror ride opened in the park now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World in 1994 and is still in operation today.

July will see the latest ride-inspired film release when Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, sets sale in cinemas and on Disney Plus through Premier Access.

Disney has a ride-based film releasing this year with Jungle Cruise (Picture: Disney/YouTube)

Johansson’s next movie Black Widow, which will finally release in early July following pandemic-related delays of over a year, sees her reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff, it was recently revealed both she and co-star Florence Pugh battled pneumonia during filming.

Director Cate Shortland revealed to The Gentlewoman: ‘It was like being in the army. By the end, Scarlett and her co-star Florence Pugh were both shooting while ill with pneumonia.’

Scarlett recently admitted she hopes Black Widow will bring ‘some resolution’ for Marvel fans after the events of Avengers: Endgame, in which her character was killed off.

‘Our goal was for them to feel satisfied with this story, she said to Total Film.

Scarlett will next be seen in Black Widow (Picture: Marvel)

‘That they could maybe have some resolution, I think, with this character’s death, in a way. It felt like people wanted that.’

Black Widow takes place between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Scarlett’s reps for comment.

Black Widow is set for release in cinemas and on Disney Plus Premier Access on July 9, 2021.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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