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Director Tony Scott Dead at 68; Films Influenced Paramount Park Attractions

Queue for Days of Thunder, Paramount’s Kings Island

Los Angeles, CA (August 19, 2012) — The body of film director Tony Scott, younger brother of Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) was recovered by the Los Angeles Port Police at 3:00 this afternoon.  He is believed to have committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge earlier in the day.

Scott was a prolific film director and producer.  Two of his early films were translated into theme park attractions when Paramount began branding the Kings Entertainment parks – a Bolliger & Mabillard suspended looping coaster and an Arrow suspended coaster-  themed to the film Top Gun and an Iwerks TurboTour simulator film based on the Days of Thunder NASCAR racing movie.  Both theatrical films starred Tom Cruise.  At the time of his death, Scott was working on both a 3D conversion of the original Top Gun and production of a sequel.

In addition, Scott and his brother Ripley were executive producers of Life in a Day, a user generated film shot around the planet on a single day. To complete the film, more than 80,000 videos submitted to youtube were reviewed by director Kevin Macdonald and culled into a 95 minute documentary distributed to commercial and museum theaters by National Geographic.

Joe Kleimanhttp://www.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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