March 29, 2017

Guillermo del Toro to enter Disney’s ‘Haunted Mansion’

HollywoodNews.com: Much to the chagrin of “Hobbit” fans, hard-core thriller director Guillermo del Toro is going Disney.

The “Hellboy” director announced at Comic-con that he’s revamping Disney’s “The Haunted Mansion” movie franchise in 3D; a project based on its theme park ride.

The film will not be a comedy like the 2003 Eddie Murphy feature per Variety.

“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,’ ” the director said. “We will make the ‘Haunted Mansion’ the most haunted place on earth,” he said. “We are not making it a comedy. We will make it scary and fun at the same time. For me, the ‘Mansion’ needs to be the haunted house movie for this generation.”

While the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series, based on another Disney thrill ride, was a mega success, others such as “The Country Bears” deep-sixed at the B.O. making $18 million worldwide. The Murphy version of “Mansion” minted $182 million worldwide but didn’t trigger any sequels.

Last fall, del Toro signed a first-look deal with Disney under his Double Dare You production banner; the aim of which is to make horror films for family audiences.

The Haunted Mansion ride first threw its doors open in 1969 at Disneyland.

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