Agent Carter showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters have sold an hour-long dramatic television series pitch to Disney-owned network ABC that is “based on the Disney theme park mythology.” What this means, of course, to Disneyland fanatics is anybody’s guess.
So what is known about this TV series pitch? Not much, although Deadline has reported that the television project is “based on the Disney theme park mythology.” The show project is untitled, although it is going under the code name “Hyperion.” The duo is executive producing with former Disney executive-turned-producer Jason Reed (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Other than that, details are being kept tightly under wraps for now.
One possibility is this dramatic series could be about the creation of Disneyland, following the struggle of Walt Disney and the early Imagineers. Why they would want to put Walt as a character in a TV series is, again, anybody’s guess. Still they did have Tom Hanks play Disney in Saving Mr. Banks and Walt was originally to have a much larger part of Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland.
Another possibility is that maybe it’s somehow like the Magic Kingdom film project that Jon Favreau spent years trying to make, set inside the theme park where the lands and characters come to life after the park gates are closed. Favreau was hoping to get back to the Magic Kingdom after Jungle Book, but he instead, for whatever reason, decided to do a “live-action” remake of The Lion King instead.
Disney has a series of children’s books called The Kingdom Keepers, which follows the adventures of five teens who, by day, are holographic hosts in the Disney Theme Parks and by night, battle Disney Villains to keep them from taking control of the parks, the Disney entertainment empire, and the world. Fans have wanted a movie adaptation for some time, but author Ridley Pearson has said that “Disney currently has no plans to make any Kingdom Keepers movies,” that he “would love to have the Kingdom Keepers become a movie” but “unfortunately it is not up to me.” It’s possible this could be an adaptation of this successful book franchise.
It’s possible it could be an anthology series of some kind. It doesn’t appear as if the project is based on a ride or attraction, but the mythology of the park itself.
Does this sound like a TV show that you would want to watch? Would you rather Disney focus their creative television energies elsewhere? What about Kingdom Keepers? Does that sound like a more promising venture than this Disneyland TV Series?
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