Before thinking about structure, characters, genre, acts, scenes, dialogue, descriptions, crises, and climax, you need to know what story you want to tell. That happens in the theater, in the cinema, even in life that has been the reverse of fiction.
The material of the story that will be narrated on the big screen (a term that becomes more anachronistic every day) is born from the most varied starting points. Some have their germ in a novel or a short story. There are others whose plots are drawn from newspaper articles, from the pages of a comic or from a graphic work.
Well, one day in Hollywood it occurred to someone that amusement park rides could be a plot inspiration. Yes, those hobbies can also have enough substance for a screenwriter to do the magic of transforming a printed word that is in a script into a moving image that you can see in the movies, on television or from your cell phone.
Amusement parks, children of European fairs and recreational gardens, are once again in the news with the premiere this weekend of Jungle Cruise, an adventure film whose initial atom is inspired by a children’s attraction of the Disney house that receives the same name and, although it is located in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom (Orlando), it takes visitors through rivers in Africa, Asia and South America.
Adventure through the Amazon
Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt embark on an exciting adventure through the Amazon in ‘Jungle Cruise’, a film directed by the Spanish Jaume Collet-Serra and inspired by the popular Disneyland (Anaheim, Los Angeles) theme park attraction of the same name. The action and adventure film opens this Friday, July 30 in theaters and on Disney + through its ‘Premium Access’ at an additional cost
Towers, bears and dinosaurs
Perhaps it all started in the elevator of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida (there are replicas in Paris and Tokyo). The plot of the telefilm Tower of terror (1997), written and directed by DJ MacHale, takes place at the Hollywood Tower Hotel that was the origin of the attraction. In this product designed for television, a reporter (Steve Guttenberg) investigates the alleged disappearance of five people in the 1930s in this building.
In March 2000 it hits theaters Mission to mars, by maestro Brian De Palma and music by Ennio Morricone, science fiction featuring Luke Graham (Gary Sinise), who was assigned to lead a NASA team that will go to the red planet in 2020 (if they only knew what was going to happen that year with the coronavirus).
In June it appears on the billboards Dinosaur (2000), inspired by the Countdown to Extinction attraction, which turned Orlando into a portrait of the Cretaceous period. This animated film by Eric Leighton and Ralph Zondag follows in the footsteps of a dinosaur seeking a safe place for its own after surviving a meteor shower that occurred some 65 million years ago.
In 2002, the baton went on to a production that arose from the passion aroused by animatronic bears that not only had the power to speak but were also given to sing and play the guitar. Country Bear Jamboree sparked children’s imaginations at the Magic Kingdom between 1972 and 2001.
Perhaps in a flush of nostalgia, in 2002 Walt Disney Pictures took it to the multiplexes The Country Bears, by director Peter Hastings, about bears who came together again to reactivate the Bears band at full throttle.
In 2003 it was the turn of The haunted mansion (The Haunted Mansion) by Rob Minfoff. This candid horror comedy for boys starred Eddie Murphy, who played a real estate agent who and his clan enter an unconventional residence. This film is inspired by the scares caused by walking around a popular “haunted house” that opened in 1969 at California’s Disneyland, whose popularity led to similar versions being made in Orlando, Paris and Hong Kong.
The last supervision of the teacher Walt Disney, who made the concept of grouping theme parks together in one place profitable, occurred in 1967, in California, when he gave the go-ahead to Pirates of the Caribbean. Since the mid-1990s, screenwriters Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot had a text that fuses pirates, comedy, action, swashbuckling movies, something from the spirit of the 18th century plus supernatural beings who are victims of a spell, although to a producer who was offered it, a producer who looked at them with a questioning face.
After several rudeness, in 2003 the true star of all films based on a tourist attraction arrived: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Gore Verbinski signed the 2003, 2006 and 2007 installments. Meanwhile, Rob Marshall did the same with the 2011 installments and Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg with the 2017 installments.
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom were the captains of a film saga that in total raised more than three billion dollars around the globe.
For 2015 he made his appearance Tomorrowland, directed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney, slightly tied to a 1955 attraction of the same name that is in California with such success that in the rest of the Disney parks there are replicas of that look on what the future would be like.
When you see Jungle Cruise (2021), by director Jaume Collet-Serra, will witness a new chapter in an old Hollywood tradition, a custom that almost always excites the audience: you will enjoy a healthy adventure with a script full of good intentions, with actors who handle the comedy like all the captains of ships (Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt and Jesse Plemons), full of magnificent special effects, which invites you to be once again that child who excitedly had fun going up to the attractions of the parks.