by Dan Gibson
As someone who works in an ostensibly creative profession, I understand that coming up with ideas is hard, but I think if Disney hasn't hit the bottom of the conceptual barrel with a movie sort-of-not-really adapted from the Enchanted Tiki Room, the second take on The Haunted Mansion certainly is.
"Pirates of the Caribbean" is one of the most successful franchises in the history of Disney. But when it comes to classic action-adventure, the company that Walt built isn't stopping with Jack Sparrow.
The studio is developing an adventure film from a script by Ahmet Zappa — yes, son of Frank — that's set against a Polynesian backdrop.
Sources close to the project said Zappa and writing partner Michael Wilson were inspired by Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room in writing the script. A Disney spokesperson, however, said the project is not an adaptation of the attraction and is merely an action-adventure that mixes in Polynesian mythology.
While not the first attraction one thinks of when one thinks of Disneyland, Enchanted Tiki Room does offer a colorful setting for a movie. The attraction, built in the early 1960s, has patrons entering a room filled with Disney musical ditties and animatronic macaws and other flora and fauna, a bit of Polynesia amid the hub-bub of the park. (It was one the first animatronic attractions, and one said to be close to Walt Disney's heart.) There's not much known mythology behind the Tiki Room — but then again, there wasn't much of one on "Pirates" either.