Jon Favreau Enlists Pixar's Aid as He Preps Feature 'Magic Kingdom'

Jon Favreau Enlists Pixar's Aid as He Preps Feature 'Magic Kingdom'

Jul 25, 2012

Jon FavreauJon Favreau’s breaking down the plans for his next feature film – and Disney-philes should be very excited by what the Iron Man helmer has in the works.

Favreau is teaming with Disney to craft a feature entitled Magic Kingdom, which is exactly what it sounds like – a film based around and set in an alternate version of the famous park. Favreau won’t be working alone, though – Disney’s given the filmmaker full access to the creative visionaries at Pixar in order to craft this new tale.

"What we’ve been doing is writing a script, going up to Pixar, meeting with the brain trust, coming back down, bringing on artists, story editors and putting it together as though it were an animated film so that by the time we actually film it, we’ll have a rock solid story," says Favreau. "I don’t want to rush anything. I want this thing to be perfect. I want it to be one shot, one kill, like a sniper. I want to make sure this movie’s right in the crosshairs that we can really knock it out of the park so to speak."

The filmmaker is keen on working with the revered animation studio because they have such a dedication to crafting stories. It’s not uncommon for Pixar to spend years refining a tale (and scrapping it and moving in a different direction) before spending time on the animation side of development. Having worked with already-in-development projects for his last several outings, Favreau is looking forward to building something from the ground up and really laying a solid narrative foundation before casting and filming.

As for the plot? Here are the preliminary details straight from Favreau.

"It’s going to be a family in the park. It’s an alternate reality version of the park that they get launched into. So much of it is just how it weaves together as a tapestry and what the visuals look like in creating this rich world. It’s informed by everything that I remember and know about the park from going there since I was a small child."

He goes on to add that the secretive Club 33 restaurant might even be worked into the narrative. That location, situated next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant, is the only place where alcohol can purchased inside the park during regular daily operations. It’s a private access club and not open to the general public, which would make it an interesting addition to his film.

Favreau is quick to point out that Magic Kingdom is not a Pixar production, nor will it be animated, but it’s clear that the filmmaker is excited to be learning from the creative minds at the studio nonetheless. There’s no release date yet announced for this project, but we’ll keep you updated as it moves along the development cycle.

[via Crave Online]

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