Feature Film About Accessible Theme Park Gets Green Light
The story behind a one-of-a-kind theme park that’s fully accessible to people with disabilities is set to get the Hollywood treatment.
The family that created Morgan’s Wonderland, an inclusive theme park in San Antonio, said that they have reached an agreement with producers to make a movie about them and how the park came to be.
Gordon and Maggie Hartman were inspired by their daughter Morgan, 30, who has cognitive and physical disabilities, to develop a theme park built for everyone. The fully accessible destination, which is currently undergoing a $6 million expansion, opened in 2010 and now also includes a water park, a camp and other offerings.
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Officials with Morgan’s Wonderland said the movie will focus on the Hartman family and explore the struggles of raising a child with disabilities as well as the incident that prompted the Hartmans to create a place where everyone would be included.
The film “not only will tell the story of an incredible place devoid of physical and economic barriers but also will encourage viewers to be kinder, gentler and more understanding in their interactions with others,” said Maggie Hartman.
The screenplay has already been written by Salvador Paskowitz who is known for “Age of Adaline,” which starred Blake Lively and Harrison Ford. It will be produced by Ryan Lewis whose credits include “The Accountant” and “Ozark,” as well as Sean Robins who has worked on “All My Life,” “Playing with Fire” and “Tag.”
“A story like the Hartmans’ and their commitment to making the world a better place feels once-in-a-lifetime, and in putting it on screen, we’re hoping to spread their message of hope and inclusion to the world while highlighting the love they share that forms the core of it all,” Lewis said.
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