San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Guillermo del Toro Doing The Haunted Mansion

San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Guillermo del Toro Doing The Haunted MansionThere’s some pretty damned cool news coming out of Comic-Con. Genre favorite Guillermo del Toro came out after the Tron panel and made one hell of an announcement.

He will be directing a brand new version of The Haunted Mansion, based on the ever-so-popular Disneyland/Disneyworld ride. “We are not returning Eddie Murphy’s call,” he joked, adding that they want this to be “the haunted house movie that a generation remembers and loves…We are making it scary and fun, but the scary will be scary.

From the Press Release
Guillermo del Toro surprised the 6,500 fans gathered today at Comic-Con with the announcement that he is currently developing a new film for The Walt Disney Studios based on the classic Disney theme park attraction, The Haunted Mansion.

“Dark imagery is an integral part of the Walt Disney legacy. After all, Disney himself was the father of some really chilling moments and characters – think Chernabog from Fantasia or Maleficent as the Dragon or the Evil Queen in Snow White,” said del Toro. “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of my own adaptation of the original theme park attraction Walt envisioned and that remains- for me- the most desirable piece of real estate in the whole world!”

“Millions of people from around the world visit The Haunted Mansion each year, but no one has ever had a tour guide like Guillermo del Toro,” said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “Guillermo is one of the most gifted and innovative filmmakers working today and he is going to take audiences on a visually-thrilling journey like they’ve never experienced before.”

Look for more on this as it comes. This has the potential to be totally friggin’ mind blowing! Today’s a great day for Haunted Mansion fans!

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  • Foywonder

    I realize we’re supposed to immediately declare anything Guillermo Del Toro does “super cool” but is this really something to get excited about? He’s not doing the Hobbit, he’s not doing At the Mountains of Madness, but I’m supposed to get excited because he’s going to make a Disney thrill ride movie that was already made into a lousy movie a decade ago. This excites be about as much as James Cameron announcing his next movie will be based on Disney’s Swiss Family Treehouse.

    • Vanvance1

      Don’t forget how much additional edge Del Toro will be encouraged to add by the house of mouse. I expect this to be a solid G affair and something spectral might actually pop up and say ‘BOO!’

      Way to sell out, Del Toro!

      • Foywonder

        It appears a lot of websites have it wrong. The press release states Del Toro will only write and produce, not direct. Still doesn’t excite me. Might want to amend the story here, Creepy.