Steamboat Willy Horror Movie has been Announced as Mickey Mouse Enters Public Domain


Steamboat Willy Horror Movie has been Announced as Mickey Mouse Enters Public Domain

Following the entry of the 1928 version of Mickey Mouse into the public domain, indie horror filmmakers are seizing the opportunity to give a chilling makeover to the iconic character. Director Steven LaMorte is set to helm an untitled horror-comedy, drawing inspiration from Mickey’s debut cartoon, “Steamboat Willie” according to Variety. The plot revolves around a sadistic mouse who terrorizes unsuspecting ferry passengers, promising a unique and twisted take on the beloved character.

Production for this dark reimagination is scheduled to commence in the spring. LaMorte, known for his horror parody of the Grinch titled “The Mean One,” expressed his excitement for the project, emphasizing the potential for unhinged terror beneath Mickey’s cheerful facade. In a press release, LaMorte shared, “Steamboat Willie has brought joy to generations, but beneath that cheerful exterior lies a potential for pure, unhinged terror.”

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He clarified in an interview that such creative ventures stem from a deep appreciation for the characters rather than a desire to exploit or tarnish their legacy. LaMorte views filmmakers as enthusiasts in a shared sandbox, driven by a passion for exploring and reimagining beloved characters in novel and unexpected ways.

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While Disney’s copyright to “Steamboat Willie” has expired, granting the public domain status to the 1928 version of Mickey Mouse, the entertainment giant retains copyrights for the later iterations of the characters. This horror-comedy project promises to unveil a darker side to the iconic mouse, challenging conventional perceptions and offering a fresh perspective on a timeless character.

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