Remember that Haunted Mansion movie? The one with Eddie Murphy? If you're one of the few who saw it—forget it. Because Guillermo del Toro took the stage near the end of the Tron: Legacy panel at the San Diego Comic-Con to announce that he'd be co-writing and producing (and possibly directing!) a NEW Haunted Mansion film based on the Disney theme-park attraction.
For the director, who first experienced the ride when he was 3 years old, it's not just a ride: It's emotionally therapeutic. In an interview with Heat Vision, he said, "When I'm depressed or when I have a problem, I ride the Haunted Mansion ride to clear my head." And he's no passing fan, either. Del Toro has an entire room in his house devoted to Haunted Mansion memorabilia, containing secret bookcases, wallpaper from the original ride and original art.
In late May, Del Toro passed on directing The Hobbit due to ongoing production delays. When asked why, he said, "Part of the reason I had to get back is that I had projects pending. There were other obligations that were clashing." But why Disney, traditionally the home of princesses and fairies? "[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," said del Toro.
And as we said up top, if you're worried about del Toro's Mansion having a connection to the 2003 Eddie Murphy movie of the same name ... stop. Del Toro said he's not returning any of Eddie Murphy's calls. "It's going to be a thrill ride for the whole family but it's definitely going to be scary," said del Toro.
We just hope the ghosts and spectres are as horrible (in a good way!) and awesome as those he dreamed up for Pan's Labyrinth.