Disney is ramping up a movie version of its venerable “It’s a Small World” theme park ride with Jon Turteltaub directing.
Jared Stern is writing the script and will produce with Turteltaub and “The Lego Movie” producer Dan Lin.
The ride was created by WED Enterprises and debuted at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. It was rebuilt after the fair, installed in Disneyland and now operates as a boat ride in five Disney parks.
“It’s a Small World” features over 300 audio-animatronic dolls from all over the world singing the upbeat title song, which promotes peace and understanding. The song was written by Disney’s staff songwriters Robert S. Sherman and Richard B. Sherman after Walt Disney had told the brothers to craft a tune that could be easily translated into multiple languages.
Turteltaub recently directed “Last Vegas” for CBS Films and the two “National Treasure” movies for Disney. Stern’s credits include “The Watch” and “The Internship”; he’s also working with Lin as a writer on the “Lego” sequel.
Stern is repped by WME, managers Marc Provissiero and Helena Heyman and attorney Karl Austen. Turteltaub is repped by WME, managed by David Lonner at Oasis and attorney Steve Warren.