Pixar Lends a Hand to Jon Favreau’s Magic Kingdom


Although Jon Favreau has been lining up other projects as both an actor and a director, he’s still planning to helm Walt Disney Pictures’ Magic Kingdom and, in an interview today with CraveOnline, he reveals that one of the reasons the family adventure is taking its time is that Pixar has been majorly involved with the development process.

“What we’ve been doing,” Favreau explains, “is writing a script, going up to Pixar, meeting with the brain trust, coming back down, bringing on artists, story editors and putting it together as though it were an animated film so that by the time we actually film it, we’ll have a rock solid story. I don’t want to rush anything. I want this thing to be perfect. I want it to be one shot one kill, like a sniper. I want to make sure this movie’s right in the crosshairs that we can really knock it out of the park so to speak.”

Written by Ronald Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), Magic Kingdom offers a fantasy adventure take on Disneyland.

“It’s going to be a family in the park,” Favreau continues. “It’s an alternate reality version of the park that they get launched into. So much of it is just how it weaves together as a tapestry and what the visuals look like in creating this rich world. It’s informed by everything that I remember and know about the park from going there since I was a small child.”

There’s currently no planned release date for the film, but Favreau will first tackle the Broadway adaptation Jersey Boys for Columbia Pictures.

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