Scarlett Johansson‘s first solo Marvel movie, Black Widow, is finally not far away from release after multiple pandemic-related delays, but she’s not stopping there when it comes to starring in big movies produced by Disney. The actress has signed on to produce and star in a Tower Of Terror movie for the studio.
Josh Cooley (Toy Story 4, Inside Out) is currently writing the script, though plot details are under wraps right now. Johansson will produce via her company These Pictures alongside Jonathan Lia. No director is currently attached.
The film will be based off the Disneyland theme park ride of the same name, which features a creepy narrator and culminates in a free-falling elevator drop. The ride was previously turned into a 1997 TV movie starring Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst, though a new theatrical feature has been talked about since 2015.
Back then, John August was tapped to write a treatment about five people in a posh hotel who take an elevator and disappear after it’s hit by lightning, but it doesn’t seem like that’s the premise Disney is going with this time around.
This is, of course, far from the only film Disney have developed based off one of their rides. The most famous is Pirates Of The Caribbean, which went from being a strange curio to one of the most dominant film franchises in the world. Disney have also developed films based on the Mission To Mars, Tomorrowland, and Haunted Mansion rides, to varying degrees of success.
Johansson will next be seen reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff in Black Widow, which will be released simultaneously on Disney+ as well as in cinemas on Friday, July 9th. She’s also attached to star alongside Taron Egerton in the new Little Shop Of Horrors movie, and will reprise her voice role in the upcoming Sing sequel.
Disney have another film based on a theme park ride arriving before Tower Of Terror, as Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, arrives Friday, July 30th, once again simultaneously in cinemas and on Disney+.