Friday, July 23, 2010

Guillermo Del Toro to Tackle "The Haunted Mansion"

It may seem like a strange choice, but after Guillermo Del Toro's much ballyhooed exit from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, yesterday it was announced that he would be taking over Disney's reboot of The Haunted Mansion, which was turned into a failed Eddie Murphy vehicle back in 2003.

Del Toro will write and possibly direct the film, and while the stench of the 2003 original still lingers in the air, I actually think that if anyone can turn this property into a good film, Del Toro is the man for the job.

The Haunted Mansion has always been my favorite Disney attraction since I was a little kid, so the prospect of Del Toro taking the helm is kind of exciting. "We are not returning Eddie Murphy's calls," del Toro said, according to ComingSoon.net, "...and we are not making it a comedy... We are making it scary and fun, but the scary will be scary."

That, at least, sounds promising.

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