With his schedule free of directing The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro is developing a reboot of The Haunted Mansion for Disney. The filmmaker announced his involvement at the close of the Mouse House’s panel at Comic-Con 2010.
Comedian and moderator Patton Oswalt introduced del Toro to the thousands of fans assembled in Hall H and thunderous applause where he confirmed he will produce and co-write (with Matthew Robbins) an adaptation of Disney’s spooky theme park ride.
He later clarified to LatinoReview that he would love to direct “if time allows,” but his next directing project will be announced next week following the convention. A director will be chosen to shoot the dark, live-action movie in 3D upon completion of the script and conceptual design.
Del Toro professed his love for the ride, which he’s ridden every year since he was a child and has fashioned a room dedicated to its imagery in his home. He promised the film will be scary but still something where parents can bring the kids. ”We want a scary movie that’s as scary as the ride. If you’re 11 years old, you can go on the ride but it’s still scary,” added President of Production Sean Bailey. “Tonally we’re going to make a movie that is for families but is a fun and, at times, scary movie.”
The movie will reintroduce the mythology of the mansion and will have no connection to the 2003 comedy starring Eddie Murphy. Del Toro didn’t elaborate on any further details, but did confirm the Hatbox Ghost character, an elderly figure dressed in a cloak and top hat, will play a pivotal role in the screenplay.
Very cool. Guillermo del Toro is a unique visionary and the ghastly source material is right in his wheelhouse. Basing a movie on a theme park ride may have seemed far-fetched a decade ago, but Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean proved a ride can provide the basis for an equally exciting cinematic experience. Now, what is this secret announcement del Toro is keeping for next week?