Guillermo del Toro has an infamously long list of films he one day plans to make, ranging from a remake of Frankenstein to the Lovecraftian adaptation At the Mountains of Madness. Also on that list is The Haunted Mansion, a film based on Disney's popular theme-park attraction of the same name. Del Toro has long been a fan of the attraction -- he has a room in his "Bleak House" home modeled after its design -- and when he first announced the project back in 2010, he promised the film would, like the ride, be fun for entire families while still packing scares.
"It's going to be a thrill ride for the whole family but it's definitely going to be scary," he told The Hollywood Reporter at San Diego Comic-Con 2010. "(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."
Since that announcement, del Toro's been busy with other work, bringing Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak to the big screen and adapting his vampire tale The Strain for the small screen, but The Haunted Mansion wasn't forgotten, and now it seems the project has landed a star.
The Wrap reports that Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Place Beyond the Pines) in "in talks" to star in The Haunted Mansion for del Toro, and it's not hard to believe when you consider how much the two have been hanging out lately. They went to Disneyland together back in February, and last month del Toro hosted a SXSW panel with Gosling to promote his directorial debut, Lost River. Gosling also has some Disney history: He was a Mouseketeer in the early '90s and co-starred in the studio's hit sports drama Remember the Titans in 2000. If this comes together, it could be a triumphant return for him, as well as a chance to be part of the string of hits Disney's had lately with its live-action films.
There's no word yet on when we'll actually see the film, though The Wrap does note that D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank) is working on a script for the project. After years of development, The Haunted Mansion seems to be coming together. Now del Toro has to find the time to make it.
What do you think? Are Gosling and del Toro a good team?
(Via The Wrap)