It appears that another Disney Parks original experience will be transported to the big screen, and Ryan Reynolds will be involved.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Canadian actor will be teaming up with Strange World’s writer and co-director Qui Nguyen to craft a live-action feature film based on the Disney Parks’ Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.), and it will reportedly be completely separate from the series on the same topic already in the works for Disney+. While the series will take a more Kingdom Keepers-style approach, building on Disney Parks “canon” already established, this project intends to add something new:
This new feature project is different than the upcoming Disney+ series from exec producer and writer Ron Moore (For All Mankind) that is also based on the SEA idea. Moore’s series is set in the Magic Kingdom Universe, where the themed lands and characters of Disney’s parks and classic films exist in another reality.
According to the insiders, Nguyen’s take for the feature pursues alternative angles to SEA mythology in present day by adding a new supernatural element to the history and following new characters not present in the original SEA lore.
Little else is known about this new movie project, and it should be noted that there is no confirmation or denial from Disney at the time of this article’s publication. Elements of Disney’s fictional society are most prevalent at Tokyo DisneySea, but members are represented in each of the Disney Theme Park Resorts around the world, including Jungle Navigation (AKA Disney’s Jungle Cruise) founder Dr. Albert Falls and Lord Mystic from Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor. No official connection was made, unfortunately, between SEA and Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie.
Meanwhile, Nguyen is working side by side with Don Hall on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest feature film Strange World starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, and Jaboukie Young-White. It has a theatrical release scheduled for November 23.
Ryan Reynolds is making progress on the third installment of Marvel’s Deadpool series, and fans recently found out that Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as X-Men’s Wolverine once again.
If these reports are confirmed, it will be only the latest of a series of Disney Parks experiences set to be turned into a feature film, following The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and The Haunted Mansion.
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