Disney Checks in to 'Tower of Terror' Movie

After stumbling with "Tomorrowland," Disney may be looking to replicate that "Pirates of the Caribbean" magic with a film based on another theme park attraction: the Tower of Terror.

Deadline reports the studio is in search of a screenwriter for the film, based on a treatment by John August ("Frankenweenie," "Big Fish"). He and Jim Whitaker apparently collaborated on an idea after visit to the theme park.

The Tower of Terror (more fully, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror) is a drop-tower dark ride, in which visitors enter the elevator of a creepy luxury hotel that's struck by lightning, causing an entire wing to disappear and the elevator and its passengers to crash.

The original ride, which opened in 1994 at Disney World, inspired the 1997 made-for-TV movie "Tower of Terror," starring Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst.

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