We’ve been talking about Guillermo del Toro creating a film based upon Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction for four years now, and we still are trying to forget that awful half-assed Eddie Murphy flick. Unfortunately things aren’t exactly heating up in terms of progress.
Del Toro recently took part in a Reddit AMA, and the film was brought up.
“Well… 2 weeks ago, I went back to Disneyland with the executives with whom I am developing the screenplay. Itâ€™s a hard screenplay to crack. Weâ€™ve done it a few times. We are on our third or fourth draft, with 2 different writing teams, and I think the main thing is to try to combine everything that is great about the ride into the movie, and to make it really intense but with a sense of fun â€“ just like the ride. Itâ€™s a tough balance, and I would be happy to report if we had the screenplay. We always feel like we are very close, but not yet. We have developed 50-60 pieces of art.”
Del Toro continues, “Weâ€™ve developed maquettes of the Hat Box Ghost, over the body and face of Doug Jones, but we have not succeeded yet in cracking the screenplay. I have to believe that Disney will make this movie as soon as we crack the screenplay, but until then we cannot tackle it. It is a movie I would love to direct, but I would be happy to just produce it if the timing is not right. I, by the way, was named Guest for the Day for the Haunted Mansion the last time I did, which gave me unlimited access to ride the mansion several times during the day. Unfortunately it was just the moment my left knee decided to bust and I had to go back home with a busted knee.”
Keep the faith, kids.
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