Mickey Mouse Will Now Run Wild in Public Domain

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This week, the Disney corporation must be delighted. Despite the company’s several attempts to prevent this news, Mickey Mouse – who debuted in 1928’s “Steamboat Willie” alongside Minnie Mouse – is now in the public domain. No doubt, production companies and artists were waiting in the wings for Mickey to join the public domain party, with a floodgate of adaptations ready to be told without the Bob Iger-led company.

To kick off the fun, get ready for Screamboat Willie, people.

The horror-comedy adaptation comes from filmmaker Steven LaMorte. The story will follow a “mischievous” and “monstrous” mouse with a “taste for tourists.” The critter will devour passengers and crew members aboard a boat off the coast of New York City, just as Walt Disney always dreamed. 

LaMorte is ready to turn a figure of dreams into a star of nightmares. “Steamboat Willie has brought joy to generations, but beneath that cheerful exterior lies the potential for pure, unhinged terror,” LaMorte said in a statement. “It’s a project I’ve been dreaming of, and I can’t wait to unleash our twisted take on this beloved character to the world.” The director previously helmed The Mean One, a panned horror-comedy about The Grinch truly ruining Christmas. 

LaMorte isn’t the only producer behind a Mickey Mouse horror movie. 

A trailer has already been released for Mickey’s Mouse Trap. In the future Best Picture Winner, a killer dressed as Mickey Mouse takes out amusement park guests and employees one by one. The independent pic hails from director Jamie Bailey, who wisely took a tongue-in-cheek approach to the Mouse. “We just wanted to have fun with it all,” Bailey said in a statement. “I mean, it’s Steamboat Willie’s Mickey Mouse murdering people. It’s ridiculous. We ran with it and …

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Author: Jack Giroux / High Times

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