The House of Mouse plans to adapt “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride,” a theme park ride that started when Disneyland opened in 1955, into a live-action/CGI hybrid feature film.
The ride itself is based on Disney’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s book The Wind In The Willows.
Noted commercials and video director Pete Candeland has been hired by the Mouse House to develop the film. Best known for his work with animation, Candeland also created and directed cartoon music videos for The Gorillaz. As well, he worked with Paul McCartney to create a cinematic opening to The Beatles Rock Band for Harmonix.
Tron: Legacy producer Justin Springer will produce the Disney adaptation. Meanwhile, the studio is searching for a writer to convert the story into a film.
A twisting, turning adventure, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride once was enjoyed at Walt Disney World in Florida as well. However, the ride was closed in 1998, replaced by The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh.
Disney has several theme park attraction-inspired movie projects in the works, including a version of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea with David Fincher. Its Pirates Of The Caribbean attraction became a billion-dollar feature film franchise.