Guillermo del Toro to Remake Haunted Mansion
Just as fans were leaving Hall H after the Tron: Legacy presentation, Disney revealed a few surprises for those still present. The first was a greeting from Johnny Depp in character as Capt. Jack Sparrow (more on this in another story), the second was a teaser of a brand new film based on Disneyland's Haunted Mansion attraction, directed by Guillermo del Toro. And now we know why he backed out of The Hobbit.
Del Toro talked about his love for the ride, which he has been visiting regularly since it first opened in 1969. "This, for me, is one of the few Holy Grails in life, because to me the Haunted Mansion is the most precious real estate on Earth," del Toro told the audience."
Referring to the previous Haunted Mansion film released in 2003, del Toro said, "We are not returning Eddie Murphy's calls. We are not making it a comedy."
The film will be in live action, and (what did you expect?) 3D. Del Toro promised an E-ticket ride that will be "true to the spirit and art and aesthetic of the original imaginers that created the Mansion." He said it will be scary and fun at the same time, "but the scary will be scary."
The story will revolve around the character of the Hatbox Ghost, as seen in the attic portion of the ride. A new mythology centered on the mansion as the most haunted place in the world, will revolve around this pivotal character.
Del Toro ended his brief appearance commenting, "This is a dream come true, and I hope to steal as many props as possible."
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