It’s no secret that Hollywood resorts to pretty strange I.P.s for movies. Back in the early-2000s, they resorted to making two theme park movies in the form of the ill-fated Haunted Mansion movie and the surprisingly successful Pirates of the Caribbean, which went on to spawn several sequels and rake in billions of dollars at the box-office.
But what about the previously-announced It’s a Small World film? As unlikely as those other two projects seemed, It’s a Small World is on a whole new level here. What possible theme can be strung together to make a cohesive movie? /Film wondered the same thing, and asked director Jon Turtletaub about it, who acknowledged the film’s odd nature:
“I took my daughter on the ride this weekend actually. Last weekend. We’re still… Anyone who says making a movie based on the Small World ride is ridiculous is completely right. Which is why it’s really tricky to figure it out. Because there is a way where it’s not ridiculous. Where in fact it’s pretty clever and delightful. We’re working on the clever and delightful version and that’s gonna take more time than the really ridiculous, bad version.”
Clever and delightful? When he uses those words, for some reason, I conjure up images of Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, which is sort of dark, yet quaint in its approach. I have no evidence to support this vision, but I’m interested to see what he means by it. Then, when asked for a sort of logline, Turtletaub gave this interesting line:
“I think we know it’s very emotional because it is a world of laughter and a world of tears.”
Call me gullible, but I think I might be getting convinced that this isn’t such a bad idea after all…
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