It’s an accepted truism that Disney’s ’70s output, especially in the realm of live action, was questionable at best. But say what you will about Condorman (and there’s a lot to be said about it — enough that it could easily count as one of our guilty pleasures) the studio made a couple of flicks in the ’70s that at least tried a new idea or two. Take Escape From Witch Mountain, which not only had Ray Milland and Donald Pleasance, but a real live bear and a couple of alien kids from space with real live special powers.
OK, actually the ideas aren’t that new. It was based on a novel, and anyway, isn’t Witch Mountain basically 101 Dalmations with ninety-nine too few telekinetic kids?
Who cares, right? Not Disney, since the studio is moving forward with a remake/reimagining. Shankman/Sandler enabler Matt Lopez wrote the working draft, and now there’s a director: Andy Fickman.
He’s the guy that headed up Reefer Madness: The Musical and The Game Plan, Disney’s upcoming family comedy with The Rock. And of course, there was She’s The Man, that droll comedy of manners with Amanda Bynes.