Guillermo del Toro walked away from The Hobbit to do This? Disney Haunted Mansion movie??

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Guillermo del Toro

At the Disney Comic-Con panel yesterday it was announced that the great Guillermo del Toro has stepped in to co-write, produce, and likely direct a 3D reboot of The Haunted Mansion ‘turn a ride into a film franchise’ Disney project.

I have to say that I’m pretty stunned by this. Yeah, I know why del Toro left THE HOBBIT (you can only stand around and wait for things to get started for so long) but to walk from that to a Disney ride movie??

Okay, stepping back from that I realize that I totally trust del Toro and I have faith that at this point in his career you he’s doing a film because he can make it good and that he wants to make it from the heart.

But “Haunted Mansion”? Isn’t this the studio who tried this before with Eddie “give me the check, I don’t need to read the script” Murphy?

Haunted Mansion LogoHere’s the quote:

“Dark imagery is an integral part of the Walt Disney legacy. After all, 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,” said del Toro. “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of my own adaptation of the original theme park attraction Walt envisioned and that remains- for me- the most desirable piece of real estate in the whole world!”

I grumbled about this on the phone to a friend this morning and he said this is just another step for del Toro and after doing a bonzo boxoffice megahit like this he will write his own ticket, do the Lovecraft projects he’s been talking about for years and if he can crack the whip on Ron Perlman to get his ass back in the makeup, perhaps even HELLBOY 3.

It’s a weird decision from one of the best director/creators out there but as I said, I have faith in him and if anyone could make it good he will.

Oh, the “kick him in the nuts” award goes to del Toro when at this presentation he said

“…the scary will be scary. We’re being true to the spirit of the original Imagineers… We are not returning Eddie Murphy’s call.”

I didn’t see the film but from what I hear… Eddie deserves it.

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