Jan 30 2013, 4:50am CST | by Mark Raby
Inspiration for TV shows comes from all kinds of sources. It can come from a personal experience from the show's creator, it can be an adaptation of a comic book series, it can be spun off from a movie, it can be based on a video game, or it can be an adaptation of a show from another country. But it's rare that a new TV show is based on an amusement park roller coaster.
Although, to be fair, this isn't just any old roller coaster. It's one of the rides that has more history and nostalgic value to it than just about any other mountainous pile of steel in America. We're talking about Thunder Mountain Railroad, and its associated new series Big Thunder.
Big Thunder's underlying storyline revolves around a New York doctor who get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to relocate himself and his family to a trailblazing frontier town, famous for its mining prospects. Set in the late 19th century, the doc and his family realize - after it's too late - that their new home might not be exactly as it seems.
The show carries Chris Morgan as an executive producer. He is known for his high-octane film projects like The Fast and the Furious series and the video game Wanted: Weapons of Fate. Jason Fuchs has been tapped as the writer for Big Thunder.
Aside from those few details, there isn't a whole lot of information about Big Thunder. This is the time of year when all the big network pilots get picked up, so before now, this project was little more than just some concepts and maybe a coupld of sketch pads.
Now that it's been tapped for a pilot, more details are sure to trickle down. In the meantime, you can always head down to Disney World and check out the ride that is about to be turned into a network TV show.
Via TV Guide
With more than 10 years as a professional writer, Mark Raby has an undeniable pulse on the latest trends. From the quiet rumors to the breaking news of the day, his eagle eye is always focused on the newest scoop and figuring out how and why the big newsmakers are noteworthy and relevant. He is based in New York City.
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