COMIC-CON: Guillermo Del Toro to remake Disney’s ‘The Haunted Mansion’

Posted by · 12:39 pm · July 22nd, 2010

Following an intense “TRON: Legacy” panel at Comic-Con this afternoon (which I will get to in a moment), Disney pulled a real coup by having moderator Patton Oswalt introduce a brief animated piece of footage announcing a remake of “The Haunted Mansion” and then bring out the film’s writer/producer, announced exclusively right here in the hall: Guillermo Del Toro.

With the “Pan’s Labyrinth” director’s recent departure from “The Hobbit,” many have been wondering what his next project would be.  And truly, this sounds like it could be something special from a unique and twisted mind.  Given the reaction form the crowd (who created the director to loud shouts of “Guillermo!”), there shouldn’t be much trouble building excitement around this project.

“The scary WILL be scary,” Del Toro said of his vision in a brief announcement.  “If you bring children, they will scream.  And I hope to steal as many props as possible.”

Obviously, for fans of Del Toro’s viscerally specific cinematic creations, this is a dream come true.  And even though it’s a remake and a Disney property, one gets the feeling he will have carte blanche with the material.

More to come, I’m sure.  Check out the new teaser image from the film after the jump.

[Top photo: The Torch Online]

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  • 1 7-22-2010 at 12:49 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    I’m no fan of Del Toro but I would think this would seem like a bad idea to his fans. No?

  • 2 7-22-2010 at 1:00 pm

    Lanz said...

    AMAZING. Eddie who?

  • 3 7-22-2010 at 1:09 pm

    Bryan said...

    Yeah, I’d much rather he do something original and not Disney

  • 4 7-22-2010 at 1:17 pm

    mrmcfall said...

    I like the idea. If Disney is going to remake The Haunted Mansion, he’s who I would pick to direct. At the very least, Tim Burton ISN’T doing, right?

  • 5 7-22-2010 at 1:53 pm

    bill said...

    i dont know what to say, i have faith in him but the original movie is so bad i dont see why he has to do a remake. at the mountains of madness? frankenstein? on and on and this is next, too bad

  • 6 7-22-2010 at 1:57 pm

    ThreeOfAKind said...

    Didn’t GDT say he is never going to make ATMOM? That is a was a pipe dream?

  • 7 7-22-2010 at 2:00 pm

    ThreeOfAKind said...

    Wow. Should’ve said, “That it was a pipe dream?”

  • 8 7-22-2010 at 2:32 pm

    bill said...

    i think he said it would be like his king kong or titanic and i know he really wants to get it made. i wouldnt be all too shocked to learn hes doing this project to get the money to do his passion projects. much like christopher nolan doing batman 3 and getting the money for inception because of it

  • 9 7-22-2010 at 2:37 pm

    Josh said...

    On the one hand, sure, if Disney’s going to remake Haunted Mansion, Del Toro’s a great choice, even if he’s not officially directing. On the other hand…why is there a remake of Haunted Mansion? Why him?

    I’m not completely turned off, but not terribly excited, either.

  • 10 7-22-2010 at 2:53 pm

    R.J. said...

    Count me as one of the one’s who’s excited for this! People always complain about unnecessary remakes of good films, so I think it’s an excellent idea to remake a bad one and improve on it. The concept is right up Del Toro’s alley.

  • 11 7-22-2010 at 8:08 pm

    MovieMan said...

    I never actually saw 2003’s “The Haunted Mansion,” but I’m a casual fan of Del Toro’s, so I’m in.

  • 12 7-22-2010 at 8:59 pm

    average joe said...

    How scary will Disney actually allow him to make it if it’s based on a children’s ride?

  • 13 7-22-2010 at 9:34 pm

    Filmoholic said...

    He’s going to waste his time on this?

  • 14 7-23-2010 at 12:03 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    FYI, I was out of pocket all day and couldn’t update when the news came down, but in case it wasn’t clear, Del Toro will be writer/producer on the film, not director.

  • 15 7-23-2010 at 1:08 am

    Carlo said...

    @Kris – Oh okay I got a little worried there LOL! This should be a nice project to train somebody under him.