ABC has given the green light to a pilot based on the Disney theme park ride Big Thunder Mountain. Called Big Thunder, the pilot is a serious drama based on the famous ride.
Ice Age: Continental Drift writer Jason Fuchs is writing the pilot script and Chris Morgan will produce.
The drama revolves around a brilliant, late-19th-century New York doctor and his family, who are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful but mysterious tycoon. They quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems.
ABC also ordered a pilot for Gothica, a sexy gothic soap set in the present day that weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, among others.