Jon Turteltaub to Direct IT’S A SMALL WORLD for Disney; PEEPS Candy Rights Optioned for Film and TV

     April 22, 2014


Fifty years ago, Disney’s It’s a Small World debuted in its earliest iteration at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.  Now, it’s set to become a feature film with Jon Turteltaub at the helm.  If it’s anything like the attraction itself, audience members will be buckled into their seats for two hours while the world’s children sing a song on loop until it drills itself into your skull for all eternity.  Perhaps Jared Stern’s pitch and eventual script will take a different path than that.  Stern, Turteltaub, and Dan Lin will act as producers on the Disney film, and though it will take a bit of time to come to fruition, it’s being eyed as a possible franchise.  (Via Deadline)

For an even more ridiculous adaptation story, hit the jump to learn how Adam Rifkin plans to adapt the Easter candy, Peeps.

the-hunger-games-peepsWith Easter having just wrapped up, it’s possible you still have a few of the multi-colored confectionery treats known as Peeps lying around the house.  Rifkin is hoping to capitalize on candy company Just Born’s $2 billion domestic market involving the candy-coated marshmallow critters, a franchise that has expanded into other merchandise beyond the sweets themselves.  As Deadline reports, Rifkin and producing partners Brent Tinter and Brian E. Rochlin are planning to adapt Peeps into a The LEGO Movie-like film “set the night before a Peeps diorama contest, when a wayward Peep gets misplaced and must adventure through the fantasy lands of different-themed dioramas before the contest’s judging begins.”  The filmmakers are busy setting a solid foundation of story points before moving forward with the script, with hopes to partner with a studio to work in their existing intellectual property.  While I prefer my Peeps on the stale side, I’d be surprised if this idea ends up feeling fresh.  Let us know your thoughts on both adaptations in the comments below!


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