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Disney is quickly developing a habit of turning its park attractions into major motion picture franchises.  Pirates of the Caribbean made its way through four films and a host of other Disney-oriented projects are currently in development.  One that slipped through the cracks some years ago was The Haunted Mansion – a rather forgettable film starring Eddie Murphy (will someone please tell him to stop making movies already?).  Disney is looking to remove the stain on their reputation and could not have taken a better shot at in than signing Guillermo Del Toro to the remake.

He was originally brought on board in 2010 in both a writing and production capacity (though not as director).  Since then, the movie has been little spoken of, feared by many to be lost in pre-production limbo forever.  Del Toro is a busy boy, currently working on finishing Pacific Rim and also prepping for his recently announced Hellboy 3.  A recent interview with Collider, however, confirms that Del Toro hasn’t forgotten about The Haunted Mansion and is, more importantly, eager to get to it.

I delivered my last draft five weeks ago. I have a meeting with them in three weeks.  I know they like the screenplay.  I need to meet with them in three weeks. That’s what I know. I know their reaction to the draft was good.  We have a bunch of conceptualist art, but you never know, to predict anything else is hard for me to know.

Since he’s so busy, it’s unlikely that The Haunted Mansion will be hitting production anytime soon, but at least we know it’s still there.  Check back in a couple of weeks, dear readers, and perhaps Del Toro will have more to say following his face-to-face with Disney.

 

Thanks to slashfilm for the heads-up.

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Guillermo del Toro has been in nerd news lately because of dropping out of the Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit.  He had stated he had other projects to work on and could not devote as much time as he should to making The Hobbit and therefore, he dropped off the movie as the director.

Really, Mr del Toro?  This is why you dropped off a movie that has the potential to be so frickin’ amazing?  A Disney movie based off a ride?  All right, I’m not saying that Pirates of the Caribbean didn’t do well or anything, but do you really think that the Haunted Mansion movie you do is going to fare much better than the first one they did with Eddie Murphy?  Ugh, all right, here are the details.

This was announced at the end of the Tron panel at Comic Con today.  He said he plans to make it scary and nothing like the ridiculous movie that starred Eddie Murphy made back in 2003 with the same name.  It will not be a sequel, nor will it be a remake.  They are taking it to a whole different place and plan to really put the horror into it.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this one turns out.

Source: Slashfilm