When the news broke that a Tower of Terror movie was in the works under the Disney umbrella back in 2021, with Marvel star Scarlett Johansson set to not only star in the film but also to work as a producer for the Disney film, many Disney and Hollywood Studios fans were absolutely thrilled.
After all, Johansson is a Hollywood icon and the Tower of Terror attraction is a classic Disney thrill ride!
Unfortunately, when Johansson sued Disney after the company released her movie Black Widow on Disney+ despite her contract’s very strict exclusive-theater-release policy (and refused to compensate her for the profits that she missed out on due to said dual release), one of the biggest casualties was this film.
The Tower of Terror movie was reportedly put on hold after the lawsuit was set in motion against Disney by the actress who played Natasha Romanoff the Black Widow (which, let us not forget, was actually a role that was originally meant for Mary Poppins Returns and Jungle Cruise actress Emily Blunt).
However, now we finally know that the movie celebrating the beloved Hollywood Studios ride is back on track (roller coaster pun intended)!
In an interview between Variety and Scarlett Johansson, it was revealed that she is indeed going to be taking on her role in the new movie and that she’s patched things up with Disney (or at least, Disney’s creative team).
It was also revealed that the highly-anticipated film will apparently be directed by Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi, who has become a renowned director after manning the helm of that film and its popular predecessor Thor: Ragnarok from 2017!
The Tower of Terror ride (which includes appropriately terrifying steep drops and plummets for Guests in its elevator) has been consistently popular with Walt Disney World Resort Guests and Hollywood Studios despite its (again, pun intended) pitfalls, so a movie about the ride will most likely be a hit.
Are you excited to see this movie? Were you disappointed to learn that Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney had almost led to the permanent demise of the Disney movie?