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Guillermo del Toro announced today at Comic-Con International that he’s developing new film for Walt Disney Studios based on the classic theme park attraction The Haunted Mansion. He told The Hollywood Reporter he will co-write, produce and possibly direct the feature.
The new Haunted Mansion will have no connection to Eddie Murphy’s 2003 supernatural comedy.
“It’s going to be a thrill ride for the whole family but it’s definitely going to be scary,” del Toro told the trade paper. “(Walt) Disney is one of the creators of some of the scariest images in my childhood. People forget that he not only made sweet images but also images of nightmare. We need to honor that side of the legacy.”
The Haunted Mansion attraction opened in August 1969 in Disneyland’s New Orleans square. Versions of the plantation-style facade since have been built at Disney theme parks in Orlando, Tokyo and Paris.
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