With Comic-Con now in full swing, movie fans will be treated to a plethora of news and tidbits on upcoming projects. Case in point: during the Tron: Legacy panel, director Guillermo del Toro made a surprise appearance and revealed that he’s now developing an adaptation of Disney’s famous Haunted Mansion ride. Del Toro will co-write the screenplay along with Matthew Robbins as well as produce. In fact, del Toro may even make this his next directorial effort after bowing out of The Hobbit earlier this year. The decision on whether he’ll direct will depend on the status of his other projects. Apparently, del Toro grew up as a massive fan of the ride and holds it in high regard, going so far as to say, “When I’m depressed or when I have a problem, I ride the Haunted Mansion ride to clear my head.” As far as details on the story, very little is known other than the Hatbox Ghost, a central figure in the ride, will appear as a pivotal figure. The tone of the film was described as “dark and fun,” something that families can enjoy, but with an edge to it.
With this news, Guillermo del Toro continues to prove that he’s one of the busiest filmmakers working today. The Haunted Mansion seems like a good fit, I suppose, although he’s not usually connected to “family friendly” projects. Still, I can just imagine the possibilities of a del Toro ghost movie. The design work alone should be worth the wait. I’m sure that some people are still disappointed that he won’t be directing The Hobbit, but the bright side of that is that he can pursue more passion projects. Whatever del Toro decides to direct next, whether it’s The Haunted Mansion or one of his other dozen in-development films, I’ll be anticipating it for sure. (Oh, and don’t worry, this movie is in no way a remake of the Eddie Murphy film.)
Is this the movie you want to see del Toro direct or would you rather see him tackle something else?