Do you remember when it was first announced that Disney was making a feature film based on their popular 'Pirates of the Carribbean' ride at Disney World? Personally, I thought it was silly. And then the film became a massively-successful franchise trilogy with innumerable tie-ins. We know that Michael Bolton loved those movies, at the very least.
Well the next ride coming to your screen is Big Thunder Mountain, coming in the form of 'Big Thunder,' an upcoming drama pilot that was a part of ABC's greenlight orders for the season. Inspired by the 1979 rollercoaster ride, 'Big Thunder' comes with the following logline: "When a brilliant, late 19th century New York doctor and his family are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon, they quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems."
Jason Fuchs ('Ice Age: Continental Drift') is writing the 'Big Thunder' pilot. Another ride coming down the chute for Disney is 'Tomorrowland' in the form of a feature film starring George Clooney, written by Damon Lindelof ('LOST').
The next pilot on ABC's greenlight list is 'Gothica,' not to be confused with the misspelled 'Gothika' feature film which starred Halle Berry. 'Gothica' is described as "a sexy gothic soap set in present day that weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray among others." This particular order seems like an attempt at one-upsmanship on ABC's part, as it sounds strikingly similar to 'Penny Dreadful' in development over at Showtime. It would seem that old-fashioned monsters are back in vogue.
Following 'Gothica' is two more projects which come with less information than the projects above. 'Reckless' is being written by Chris Black ('Desperate Housewives') with the following logline: "When his wife is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resourceful problem solver David, desperately pursues every legal option to secure her release. But when he’s stymied by the US government in the name of diplomacy, David is forced to consider less-than-legal options – entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes."
Finally, 'Murder in Manhattan' is described as an "hour long dramedy set in NYC centering on a mother and daughter who team up as amateur sleuths."
Do any of these proposed pilots catch your fancy? Will 'Big Thunder' capture similar success to 'Pirates of the Caribbean?'