By our guest blogger, Nick Hanover
After realizing that people actually will fork over plenty of money to watch you turn amusement rides into films, Disney has apparently asked themselves: "Hey, why not just turn our entire theme park into a film? And while we're at it, what's to stop us from bribing people who otherwise know better to participate?" Or at least that's how I imagine the board room discussion with Michael Eisner and crew went when they seduced and/or blackmailed Jon Favreau into being the director of the Magic Kingdom project.
Clearly, whatever funds/photos/thugs Disney has at their disposal were also enough to get Michael Chabon's attention, as the Hollywood Reporter's ever resourceful Heat Vision is now claiming that the Pulitzer Prize-winning author responsible for such incredible works of modern fiction as The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and Wonder Boys is now in talks to pen Magic Kingdom. The move comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Chabon has an HBO series in the works, seemingly indicating that Chabon has his eyes set on moving away from literature for the next little while.
Apparently, Chabon is already in with Disney, as Heat Vision points out that the author has done work for the studio's planned Snow White reboot, Snow and the Seven (which is sadly not a Snow White musical set in 1980's New York with Snow as a female emcee backed up by 7 b-boys, as far as I know). On top of that, Chabon is also penning the book for the Dumbo musical and is involved with Disney's John Carter of Mars project.
Weirder yet, if it all goes through, Chabon will be replacing Ron Moore, of "Battlestar Galactica" and "Carnivale" fame, who was the previous choice to pen the script. My guess is that Disney felt Moore's shoehorning in massive amounts of theorizing on the nature of fate and God through a prophetic Mickey Mouse and his android servant/Judas surrogate Goofy wouldn't fare well with test audiences.