There's a nagging suspicion on my part that a similar thread to this one has existed in the past, or remains in existence to date, and I apologise if that is the case.
Inspired partly by this
2010 article in the Guardian, along with the general negativity amongst TTFers towards IP based attractions here in the UK... I was wondering, how would any of you go about producing a film based on an Alton Towers attraction?
Of course, I'm not even beginning to claim that this is a plausible idea, and in many ways a thread such as this is better suited to X-Cite
, and so I was genuinely unsure of where to post it. In a ideal world, as head of a film production company, without financial limitations and with full expressed permission from the theme park, do you have any concepts that you believe would be genuinely impressive as theme park ride to movie adaptations?
Of course, we're not looking at attractions such as SAW: The Ride nor Charlie & The Chocolate Factory here and, indeed, some attractions (ie - Hex) lend themselves to such an idea more than others do. Nonetheless, I'd like to share my own views on potential story-lines for ride-based motion pictures and, more so, am interested in your own ideas.
A few of mine...Oblivion - Thriller - Directed by David Fincher - Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman
In the year 2056, with the third world war looming, the American Government is in crisis. In a desperate attempt to establish technological advances, a reluctant President (Pullman) approves the foundation of successful businessman Vector Stallone's (Rickman) controversial "medical" facility. The ultimate goal is to achieve teleportation, but something goes wrong...
Twenty years later, with the threat of war having been eliminated, former army general Rajan Perkins (Samuel L. Jackson) and his team are called in to research the actual goings on at the centre, which has been acting outside the government's radar for the past fifteen years. Delving into the past they discover a series of seemingly unnoticed disappearances, and what they eventually discover is far worse than anybody could have imagined... Nemesis - Sci-Fi - Directed by Ridley Scott - Starring: Daniel Craig, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sigourney Weaver
A disgruntled father (Daniel Craig) and his daughter Joan (Chloë Grace Moretz) move to the countryside following the death of his wife. The area is peaceful and the land on which their new house is built was startlingly cheap... but before long they start to notice the strange behaviour of the locals, who appear to gather in an abandoned building just outside the village each evening. As time progress, Joan becomes increasingly drawn to the location, she finds herself unable to control her actions. Eventually she can no longer hold herself back... she disappears.
Disgruntled, and with authorities refusing to step foot within the village, he hires the help of an alien expert (Signourney Weaver) to help get her back... but this is a beast which she has faced before, and it didn't end well. Hex: The Legend Goes On - Horror - Directed by James Wan - Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helena Bonham Carter
Shot in the style of The Blair Witch Project, a group of teenagers (led by Daniel Radcliffe) delve into the Hex legend for a school project, with the intention of declaring once and for all whether or not the Hex legend is true. But some secrets are best left undiscovered, and a mysterious presence seems to warn them that their venturing should be discontinued. But the school project is completed and handed in.
Later that year the group of teenagers begin to have "visions", their delusions suggest that they are being haunted by the Earl (Cumberbatch) and the Hag (Bonham-Carter)... but the real question is... what will happen if a branch of the oak tree should fall? Duel - Fantasy/Comedy - Directed by Tim Burton - Starring: Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, Will Ferrell
A 'Ghostbusters' obsessed enthusiast community meet in an abandoned warehouse for their annual goo-battle. Unfortunately, they've chosen the wrong house and awake the undead within... it's no longer just a game, it's a battle for survival. The group (led by the trio of Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais & Will Ferrell) must battle their way through the spiritual labyrinth within, in order to escape the ghouls.
So... err... I don't believe any of those ideas to be particularly special, I just thought I'd use them to found this thread and see how you would all go about translating Alton Towers' attractions into films.