Details on Tower of Terror Movie

Tower of Terror at Night
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Rumors about the upcoming Tower of Terror movie have been swirling for months. In 2021, Scarlett Johansson signed up to star in and produce a reboot of the 1997 movie of the same name. However, the movie was shelved after Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney in 2021.

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Tower of Terror Movie

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Johansson V. Disney

During a recent interview with Variety, Scarlett Johansson revealed that she’d patched things up with Disney (or at least Disney’s creative team). Her lawsuit against the Studio resulted from her pay in Black Widow (2021). Scarlett Johansson has a long history of working with Disney studios after starring in multiple Marvel films, including Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Captain America: Civil War (2016). The lawsuit was eventually settled for $40 million. Johansson was, and remains, a Disney Parks fan, claiming to visit the part about ten times a year. And according to her interview, plans for the Tower of Terror movie are back on track.

Black Widow

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Another Success?

Disney has a mixed history of success with building movie franchises based on theme Park rides. It was successful for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), garnering multiple sequels over 20 years. However, Jungle Cruise (2021), The Country Bears (2002), and The Haunted Mansion (2003) did not fair as well.

The Tower of Terror movie is still in the early stages of development, with no release date yet. However, talk of its development has been in the works since 2015.

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It was also revealed that the live-action version of the movie inspired by Hollywood Studios’ most popular attraction would be directed by Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi. The film is said to follow the same plot as the 1997 movie that starred Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst. However, in the original 1997 film, its ties to The Twilight Zone television series were removed.

Tower of Terror Movie scene

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However, the final version of the film ends up materializing; it will be interesting to see how Disney and Waititi approach the movie.

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)