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Disney’s ‘Big Thunder Mountain’ Movie Finds its Directors

Big Thunder Mountain

Disney’s upcoming film based on the “Big Thunder Mountain” attraction has found its directors.

The Directors

It looks like the duo of Bert & Bertie are in negotiations to direct the movie.

The two recently directed half of the Marvel series “Hawkeye” for Disney+, as well as episodes of HBO’s “Our Flag Means Death” starring Taika Waititi.

The Movie

Not much is known about the plot at this point, but the theme of the attraction is set during the late 1800s during the American southwest gold rush.

When gold was discovered on Big Thunder Mountain in the American Southwest, a small mining town became a thriving one and a railroad was set up to transport the ore.

Unknown to the settlers however, the mountain was a sacred spot to local Native Americans and was cursed.

Following a huge natural disster, believed to be attributed to the curse, the town was abandoned, but the trains kept running, believed to be possessed.

They don’t tell the tourists who ride the trains that, though.

That sounds like a great theme to build a movie off of, right?

Big Thunder Mountain

The “Big Thunder Mountain” film will join the list of Disney attractions made into movies.

Others on that list include the popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, along with last year’s “Jungle Cruise” featuring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.

A reboot of “The Haunted Mansion” is also in the works starring Owen Wilson.

LuckyChap Entertainment and Scott Free are producing the “Big Thunder Mountain” movie, with Kieran and Michele Mulroney writing the script.

It is also not known if this will be a theatrical movie or a Disney+ production.

Big Thunder Mountain

The Attraction

“Big Thunder Mountain” first opened on September 2, 1979 at Disneyland in Frontierland.

A version opened the following year on November 15, 1980 at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in its Frontierland section.

On the other end of the decade, a “Big Thunder Mountain” was opened on July 4, 1987, at Tokyo Disneyland in its Westerland section.

And a few year’s later, the attraction opened with Disneyland Paris, then called EuroDisney, on April 12, 1992.

Shanghai Disney and Hong Kong Disneyland do not have a version of the ride.

This won’t be the first time the attraction has appeared on film. The sounds of “Big Thunder Mountain” and its trains were used as sound effects for the mine cart chase sequence in the 1984 film, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

I think with the theme’s backstory, there’s a lot to work with in crafting a story based on the attraction. What do you think about a movie based on “Big Thunder Mountain”? Let us know in the comments.