Scarlett Johansson To Star In, Produce ‘Tower Of Terror’

by Thomas Tuna

Scarlett Johansson is staying under the Disney umbrella.

The Oscar nominee–who will headline the Disney/Marvel super-hero movie Black Widow next month–reportedly will produce and star in Tower of Terror, a film adaptation of the popular Disney theme park ride, according to collider.com.

Josh Cooley–who wrote Inside Out and directed Toy Story 4–has been tapped to handle the screenplay for the film, but plot details are being kept under wraps at this time. Also, no director has formally signed on for the project as of this writing, but that search is, no doubt, ongoing.

The film will be based on the Disney ride, which ends with an exhilarating free-falling elevator drop. The experience includes a Rod Serling-sounding narrator to get riders in the proper frame of mind.

This won’t be the first time the ride has been an inspiration for filmmakers. A 1997 TV movie–starring Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst–was produced, and work on a theatrical feature was begun in 2015, with John August on board as screenwriter.

Disney, of course, has seemingly always had an eye on turning its theme rides into films, going back to the successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (with Johnny Depp) and the upcoming Jungle Cruise movie (starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt).

Johansson, meanwhile, is reportedly tackling another genre role. She is attached to star opposite Taron Egerton in a new Little Shop of Horrors film from Warner Bros. The actress would play the female lead of Audrey, Seymour’s love interest, according to reports. Nothing has been confirmed on that front at this time.

With so many questions surrounding the film at this early juncture, keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on Tower of Terror.

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