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As we reported back in November, Jon Favreau has been chosen to direct the next big "theme park film" from Disney entitled 'Magic Kingdom', based on an initial first draft script to be re-written at a later date. Well, that date is today as the studio has announced that negotiations with Pullitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon to pen the multi-million dollar tentpole flick have been finalized.
Not much is known about the project other than it will revolve around the Disney theme parks in a 'Night at the Museum' type way, with the attractions and characters coming to life at night to wreak havoc. Current fan speculation is that it could also be an adaptation of the young adult book series 'The Kingdom Keepers' in which a group of teens is charged with protecting the iconic theme park from The Overtakers - classic Disney villains who come to life at night and are trying to steal the theme park's magic for themselves.
While the premise seems sketchy at best, it could be a good vehicle for Disney to promote itself and it's products, especially in the young adult demographic which they so highly covet. Even for adults, it still might be cool to see a Captain Eo dueling Jack Sparrow on the Tea Cups, or watching Captain Hook challenging Mulan to a Tron lightcycle race. Toss in a couple of popular tween protagonists (perhaps from Disney's ever growing batch of pop-singing TV clones), and the script practically writes itself.