Guillermo del Toro Takes on The Haunted Mansion

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?

  • Fatbologna

    why? Why? WHY?!


  • Matthew

    Um.. why no mention of the Eddie Murphy Haunted Mansion movie that just came out a few years ago?

    Love del Toro and his work, but…. remakes really -are- the rage right now, aren’t they?

  • Matthew

    Ah. Nevermind. Missed a line or two. Forget the first part of my comment.

  • Jason_Miami

    I refuse to believe he passed on making The Hobbit in order to do unadulterated shit like this. Hopefully he signed some deal that says if he does this, Disney will fund and distribute Hellboy 3. That would be the only valid explanation.

  • Mrespony

    Getting tired of hearing about Del Toro’s projects, it seems like he announces something new every week.

  • Matt

    I guess I’m the only one sort of interested in this and I’m not even a Del Toro fan.

  • So wait, I’m confused. Every time Del Toro is depressed or has a problem, he makes his way to Disney World, pays for a ticket, waits in line over an hour, then rides the Haunted Mansion, which makes him feel better?

    There has to be a better way to get over it than that.

  • AlexG

    Doesn’t sound like much of a passion project really, the line he gave was pretty weak imo. Sounds more like a Disney-megabucks Pirates of Carribean-esque production. Will definitely second the ‘Why not Mountains of Madness?” commenter, but it doesn’t feel like the first properly crafted AND financed Lovecraft adaptation will be coming any time soon unfortunately.
    And Aaron mate, you don’t have to imagine a Del Toro ghost movie, just go check out Devil’s Backbone, one of his early masterpieces.

  • Aaron

    Once again, my ignorance shines through. Yeah, I’ll check that out for sure.

  • Niklas

    meh.. who cares? This guy always have a “new project” but the last movie he actually made was hellboy 2 back in 2008 so whatever..