It was way back in August when we told you that Disney’s Matterhorn ride was about to have a feature film based upon it. Personally we’d rather see a movie about the person who was rumored to have been beheaded on the ride, but alas, that just isn’t so. In any event, the film now has a director, and we’ve got the scoop.
According to Deadline, Disney has set Brian Beletic, a hotshot commercials director, to make his feature helming debut on the untitled film that’s inspired by the theme park Matterhorn ride. The studio is calling the film its “Untitled Explorers Project.”
The logline: A small group of young, super adventurers/explorers, each with a specific skill set, are brought to the remote backcountry of the Pennine Alps under various guises for a trek across one of the planet’s remaining untouched realms. They do this with extreme skiing, snowboarding, and mountaineering.
Beletic is a co-founder of Smuggler and a top director of commercials whose blurbs include Nike’s “Human Chain” spots and who has made videos with the likes of The Black Eyed Peas. Disney felt he could be its latest find after the studio gave starts to Tron: Legacy‘s Joseph Kosinski and The Muppets‘ James Bobin.
Jason Dean Hall wrote the script, and Justin Springer is producing. The studio has hired Brain Farm Cinema, who created the extreme snowboarding film Art of Flight, as a production consultant.
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