Disney Steers <i>Mr. Toad's Wild Ride</i> Toward a Big-Screen Adventure

With billions in the bank from The Pirates of the Caribbean and plans already in motion David Fincher's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Disney is now looking to turn its long-running theme-park attraction Mr. Toad's Wild Ride into a feature film.

Deadline reports the studio has signed commercials and video director Pete Candeland to develop the combination live-action/CGI project. TRON: Legacy's Justin Springer will produce, with the search under way for a writer.

The ride, itself based on Disney's 1949 animated adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, debuted with Disneyland in 1955 and is one of the few remaining original attractions. The Walt Disney World counterpart was closed in 1998 and replaced with The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. A statue of Mr. Toad remains in the pet cemetery outside The Haunted Mansion (another attraction heading to the big screen, this time courtesy of Guillermo del Toro).

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