Advanced reservations for a terrifying stay at The Hollywood Tower Hotel begin now.

One does not generally put Disney and horror together, but information has been released about a new film that seems pretty cool. The House of Mouse has just announced plans to create a big screen adaptation of one of their most popular theme park rides, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The ride is based off the early ’60s TV series The Twilight Zone.

Disney has famously adapted rides to films in the past in order to promote and boost theme park attendance. They’ve had some hits, most notably the Pirates of the Caribbean series starring Johnny Depp and Kiera Knightley, and some dour misses (including Eddie Murphy’s Haunted Mansion and, most recently, George Clooney’s Tomorrowland). It looks like they’re back at it again with Tower of Terror — the ride is an elevator free fall into the fifth dimension in a haunted hotel.

There is no release date yet, but so far on deck is  producer Jim Whitaker, while Sam Dickerman will oversee for Disney. The script will be outlined by Tim Burton-collaborator John August, who has worked with Burton on Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dark Shadows, and Frankenweenie, so hopefully the film will be Burton-esque.

This will be the second film adaptation of Tower of Terror, the first was a mostly-forgotten TV movie starring Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst in 1997. That was the first time Disney based a movie on one of its rides, and they have gone on to try it several more times. They also have plans to move forward with adaptations of Magic Kingdom, It’s a Small World After All and Jungle Cruise.

The ride exists in four Disney parks:  Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney California Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea and Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris. All but the Tokyo version are based on The Twilight Zone.

I think this has potential to be a fun and edgier move for Disney — if done right, the story could be really great. I attempted to go on the ride once and my mom had imprints from my fingernails dug into her arms for the rest of the vacation so I now pass and grab a Churro instead, but the movie has a lot of room for innovative storytelling and visuals.

What do you think, — will you check into the Tower of Terror when it’s released?

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