Walt Disney is making a movie about Walt Disney and his creation of California’s Disneyland. The film will premiere on Disney Plus.
Halloween Kills‘ David Gordon Green is directing from a screenplay by Beauty and the Beast and Snow White and the Huntsmen‘s Evan Spiliotopoulos.
Disneyland, “The Happiest Place on Earth”, opened in Anaheim in the summer of 1955. Disney parks were later built in Florida, Paris, and all around the world, but the California one is the only Disney theme park constructed under Walt Disney.
The theme parks attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and The Jungle Cruise have inspired movies. Additionally, some of the most popular film franchises have created themed areas like Star Wars’ Galaxy’s Edge and Marvel’s Avengers Campus.
This isn’t Disney’s first attempt at documenting Walt Disney’s life. In 2003, Tom Hanks was hired by the studio to portray Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks”, a biographical drama about Disney and his journey to land rights to Mary Poppins. The movie was nominated for an Oscar and grossed almost $118 million worldwide, according to Variety.
Dana Brunetti, Jason Reed, and Matt DelPiano will serve as producers. Jessica Matthews will serve as executive producer.