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Disney Goes Back to the Trees for Swiss Family Remake

Disney is busy dissing Comcast and roasting Michael Eisner over the corporate coals, but someone at the company has taken a break from the business turmoil to raid the Mouse House vault. The Hollywood Reporter says the latest "ripped from the archive" casualty is "Swiss Family Robinson," which is slated to be remade.

The odd thing is that the remake will be set in the early 1800s -- the same period used in the 1960 movie. Soooo, what's the point of remaking the exact same story set during the exact same time? It might have something to do with "Pirates of the Caribbean," a hit movie adapted from a theme park attraction. The only "Swiss Family" reference point most kids have is the Swiss Family Treehouse attraction at Disney's Adventureland in Orlando, Fla., so Disney might be looking to catch another theme-park lighting bolt in a bottle with its "Swiss Family" redux.

Regardless of the company's motivation, this new "Swiss Family Robinson" will push the envelope of cross-media adaptations. When all is said and done, the final film will stem from a novel, a movie, a TV series, a TV movie and a theme park attraction. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Mac on April 29, 2004 09:35 AM
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