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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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.
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.
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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.