Just checked PKI's site. Italian Job Test Track in 2005!
Paramount Pictures’ The Italian Job™ Premieres as a High-Speed Mini Cooper™ Stunt Car Ride at Paramount’s Kings Island in 2005
Stunt drivers dodge near-collisions, chase through tunnels and narrowly escape massive explosions triggered by gunfire from a menacing helicopter.
Another Hollywood big-screen spectacular comes to life at Paramount’s Kings Island with the addition of THE ITALIAN JOB: Stunt Track™, a new multi-million dollar fast-track coaster experience for 2005. Based on the high-action finale of Paramount Pictures’ The Italian Job (2003) starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green, Mos Def, and Donald Sutherland, this new wild ride takes families on a high-speed stunt car adventure through movie sets and scenes inspired by the film’s climatic chase sequence.
Park guests will experience what it’s like to be a Hollywood stunt driver and go behind the scenes of an action movie. Guests board their very own MINI Cooper S tricked out with audio special effects adding to the multi-sensory sensation of the experience. Once strapped into their custom stunt car, rubber meets the road as the MINIs peel out to begin their chase sequence. Drivers twist through a parking garage, dodge near-collisions, race down stairs, chase through tunnels and narrowly escape massive explosions triggered by gunfire from a menacing helicopter. Tires skid out one last time as the stunt cars crash through a billboard and splash down into an L.A. aqueduct concluding the chase sequence and their trial as a stunt driver in this screen test!
It is a launched coaster. Very cool effects shown in the video and talked about in the press release. At the end of the ride you even splash down into a pool of water. Not to mention the cars will have sound systems.
If they are going to do something so heavily themed, it would be nice if they have budgeted to keep all the special effects working more than 2-3 years after it opens. A themed experience tends to lose a lot more if the theming is allowed to deteriorate. Can the base ride stand on its own as a solid experience?
Also, while the video does look cool, I'm still curious to see how all this stuff they plan to implement gets translated into real life. *** Edited 8/12/2004 3:21:14 PM UTC by Eric H***