Rumors have resurfaced that Michael Jackson's 3D movie Captain EO could be set to make a return to Disneyland Paris later in 2010.
The attraction has already been brought back for a "limited run" at Disneyland in California, where it has received rave reviews from nostalgic fans. Like the U.S. park, Disneyland Paris replaced Captain EO with Honey, I Shrunk the Audience some time ago - and could be set to follow Disneyland's lead and restore it in the same location.
If true, the move would serve several purposes for Disneyland Paris. Firstly, it would commemorate pop superstar Jackson following his death in June 2009 and be likely to attract his many fans to the park. Secondly, it would provide a temporary replacement for the increasingly dated Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. Finally, it would provide the resort with a "new" attraction for the key summer period ahead of the expected August opening of Toy Story Playland at neighboring Walt Disney Studios.
If Captain EO does return, it is likely to be in a similar format to the one employed by Disneyland. This has seen the original film shown without many of its original special effects, which were removed during the conversion to Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. Instead, it makes use of the moving seats, strobe lights and compressed-air effects that were installed for its replacement.
The rumor of the Captain EO revival has surfaced from various sources over the last few weeks - including Disneyland Paris fansite DLP.info, news and rumor site Screamscape and former Disney Imagineer Tim Delaney (in an interview with the Season Pass Podcast).
Captain EO originally opened at Disneyland Paris in 1992, closing in 1999. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and executive-produced by Star Wars creator George Lucas, the movie was produced when Jackson was at the peak of his fame. The show's story sees the eponymous Captain EO (played by Jackson) and the crew of his spaceship travelling to deliver a message to the wicked Witch Queen.
At just 17 minutes long, the film cost a massive $30 million to produce. It included "4D" elements such as lasers, smoke effects and starfields. At the time it was the most expensive film ever produced if measured per-minute (at $1.76 million), however this has since been topped by Universal's Terminator 2: 3D at $5 million per-minute.