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Guillermo Del Toro talks Haunted Mansion reboot

July 13th, 2014 by Marc Comments

Some of you may remember that, ages ago, FTN favourite Guillermo Del Toro was attached to a 3D reboot of The Haunted Mansion with Disney. Then all went quiet.

But it seems, like the theme of the ride itself, it’s not dying easily…

Talking with Reddit, the writer/director was asked about the project and had a surprising reply, confirming it was talked about very, very recently: “Two weeks ago, I went back to Disneyland with the executives with whom I am developing the screenplay. It’s a hard screenplay to crack. We’ve done it a few times.

“We are on our third or fourth draft, with two 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 a really intense but with a sense of fun – just like the ride.

“It’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. I have to believe that Disney will make this movie as soon as we crack the screenplay, but until then we cannot tackle it.”

He goes on to confirm that much pre-production art and sculpting has been done, including the famous Hat Ghost and that he really wants to direct, but his schedule at the minute does not have time for it…

Del Toro does haunted house? We can wait… because we know it’ll be awesome if and when it happens…

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….