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Fictional Walt Disney biopic sets the Internet abuzz

03.12.2012

The Internet is alive with chatter regarding the Ron Howard/Ryan Gosling biopic about Walt Disney.  The only problem is the movie does not exist.

The poster was created by French graphic artist Pascal Witaszek and features an all-star cast.  Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Pierfrancesco Favino, Marion Cotillard, and Matthew Fox are all slated to appear alongside Gosling.  Alan Menkin is poised to provide music to a screenplay by David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman. Most of these names are prior Ron Howard colleagues and Gosling and Michelle Williams appeared together in BLUE VALENTINE.

I think that this would be a very interesting story to finally make it to the big screen.  If Walt Disney Pictures were to produce, you could be sure any alleged Nazi sympathizing urban legends would never make it into the script.

Ryan Gosling has certainly established himself as a quality actor, especially with his recent performances in BLUE VALENTINE and DRIVE.  The question would be, is he willing to go a little more mainstream and a little more PG?  He did. after all, get his start as a Mouseketeer.

I would definitely buy a ticket to see this movie. How about you?

Extra Tidbit: I am already awarding this film Fictional Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Original Song based on the poster alone.

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10:18AM on 03/16/2012
Hope they would include how racist he was too
Hope they would include how racist he was too
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11:47PM on 03/14/2012
Wow. What a great idea.

Hopefully this buzz will send a message to the higher-ups in Hollywood to get started on this.
Wow. What a great idea.

Hopefully this buzz will send a message to the higher-ups in Hollywood to get started on this.
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8:07AM on 03/13/2012

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I'd also add Best Costume/Art Direction. :D
I'm sure it would be great movie but can't help wonder how many 'factual errors' it would contain. Maybe Ron will do The Aviator-style of direction where certain things are simply not mentioned.
I'd also add Best Costume/Art Direction. :D
I'm sure it would be great movie but can't help wonder how many 'factual errors' it would contain. Maybe Ron will do The Aviator-style of direction where certain things are simply not mentioned.
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7:03AM on 03/13/2012
So unbelievable as a Hollywood film.

Where are the floating heads and the bad Photoshopping?
So unbelievable as a Hollywood film.

Where are the floating heads and the bad Photoshopping?
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7:56AM on 03/13/2012
If you look at clouds, I think thats supposed to be Mickey's head floating.
As for the bad PS, its up for debate.
If you look at clouds, I think thats supposed to be Mickey's head floating.
As for the bad PS, its up for debate.
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2:01AM on 03/13/2012
Disney will never ever ever ever make a biopic about Walt Disney. Ever. There is no way it can be done without Disney losing all credibility. Either it will be a real account of his life, which will turn people off to him and by proxy to the company, or it will be a lionized account which will make the company look self-aggrandizing. Never gonna happen.
Disney will never ever ever ever make a biopic about Walt Disney. Ever. There is no way it can be done without Disney losing all credibility. Either it will be a real account of his life, which will turn people off to him and by proxy to the company, or it will be a lionized account which will make the company look self-aggrandizing. Never gonna happen.
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2:13AM on 03/13/2012
agreed
agreed
11:37PM on 03/12/2012

Into this as well, but

This is my thought process -- It is in Disney's best interest to keep this man shrouded in mystic and in the "magical kingdom" than to try to tell any sort of honest story of the man. I know you can find out plenty about him on your own, but a movie this big would bring it all into the collective consciousness.

Disney is highly protective of their brand and that would have to include the man himself.

However, he has passed on. As far as I know, anyone can produce this movie, Disney
This is my thought process -- It is in Disney's best interest to keep this man shrouded in mystic and in the "magical kingdom" than to try to tell any sort of honest story of the man. I know you can find out plenty about him on your own, but a movie this big would bring it all into the collective consciousness.

Disney is highly protective of their brand and that would have to include the man himself.

However, he has passed on. As far as I know, anyone can produce this movie, Disney doesn't own his story. At least, that's what I've been told...
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11:17PM on 03/12/2012
Sigh... the only chance that a Disney biopic will ever happen is if Disney goes belly-up, which means "never". Not that I want Disney to go out-of-business.
Sigh... the only chance that a Disney biopic will ever happen is if Disney goes belly-up, which means "never". Not that I want Disney to go out-of-business.
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10:59PM on 03/12/2012
surprised there hasn't been a Disney biopic by now. i'd watch this
surprised there hasn't been a Disney biopic by now. i'd watch this
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8:28PM on 03/12/2012

Wow

I want to believe this is true!
I want to believe this is true!
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6:10PM on 03/12/2012
That's a great poster. Maybe this will get the ball rolling somewhere. I'm surprised Disney hasn't made a biopic of Walt yet. He's on of the most iconic personalities in American history, he needs a movie.

I think you would need to tackle the seedier undercurrents head on. That may be why such a movie has never been made (and may never will).

Denying women the right to work in the industry? If you show it, the man's a bastard. If you don't show it, you're being terribly, terribly
That's a great poster. Maybe this will get the ball rolling somewhere. I'm surprised Disney hasn't made a biopic of Walt yet. He's on of the most iconic personalities in American history, he needs a movie.

I think you would need to tackle the seedier undercurrents head on. That may be why such a movie has never been made (and may never will).

Denying women the right to work in the industry? If you show it, the man's a bastard. If you don't show it, you're being terribly, terribly dishonest.
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5:31PM on 03/12/2012

Yes please

I want to see this movie and I want that poster in my wall.
I want to see this movie and I want that poster in my wall.
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5:29PM on 03/12/2012
Shame. I would pay to see this film and this is one of the greatest posters I've ever seen...it's a shame this is all fictional :(
Shame. I would pay to see this film and this is one of the greatest posters I've ever seen...it's a shame this is all fictional :(
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5:29PM on 03/12/2012

Major studio

In the 70+ years of movie making a Disney, creating tons of iconic characters and changing the way hollywood is done over and over again. Only 4 Disney films have been nominated for best picture. "Mary Poppins" and the 3 Animated films. This one would definitely stand a chance
In the 70+ years of movie making a Disney, creating tons of iconic characters and changing the way hollywood is done over and over again. Only 4 Disney films have been nominated for best picture. "Mary Poppins" and the 3 Animated films. This one would definitely stand a chance
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