Michael Chabon to pen Magic Kingdom?

Acclaimed author Michael Chabon could pen the screenplay for Jon Favreau’s upcoming Disney flick Magic Kingdom, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Chabon is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and screenwriter best known for his novels The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and Wonder Boys (which was adapted to the screen in 2000 and starred Michael Douglas and Robert Downey Jr.). Chabon also wrote the screen story for Spider-Man 2 and co-wrote the screenplays for the upcoming John Carter of Mars and David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

THR also reports Chabon worked on Disney’s new Snow White project, Snow and the Seven (clever), which could see him have an in with the studio.

Magic Kingdom was originally written by Ron Moore, who revived TV’s Battlestar Galactica, until Favreau came aboard as director and it was decided the project would be taken in another direction.

No word yet on the finer plot points, but Magic Kingdom will be a family adventure film set in Disney’s flagship park. If you thought Hollywood was running out of ideas by adapting amusement park rides into films, this film about an actual amusement park is surely a sign Hollywood needs better writers.

Chabon and Disney have not entered into talks yet but after their latest box office flop, Mars Needs Moms, Disney is sure to want to make an announcement soon and deflect from bad to promising news.

Discuss: Any fans of Chabon’s out there? Happy to see him enter the Magic Kingdom?

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