Disney Bringing ‘The Haunted Mansion’ Back To Big Screen

It looks like Disney may have finally hit on a plan to remake 2003’s The Haunted Mansion, a movie that was based on the popular Disneyland attraction that has thrilled and chilled since 1969.

The Hollywood Reporter this week said The House of Mouse has decided on Katie Dippold (Ghostbusters) to pen the screenplay for the live-action reboot of the Eddie Murphy vehicle that performed well at the box office, but was not treated kindly by fans and critics.

This will not be the first stab at remaking that 2003 film. Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro had his vision of The Haunted Mansion on the drawing board for years–even going so far as to tap Ryan Gosling in a starring role–but nothing ever came of the project.

Whether del Toro’s take on the concept–the filmmaker reportedly was set to write and produce the 2010 movie–was too over-the-top for Disney decision-makers is a moot point now that this film is well underway.

The new film–which will adapt such scary mansion dwellers as Madame Leota, the skeletal Bride and the cloaked Hatbox Ghost–will be led by producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich under their Rideback production banner.

Another Disney-inspired project spearheaded by the duo didn’t turn out too shabby. Their live-action remake of Aladdin went on to gross more than $1 billion worldwide at the box office.

Screenwriter Dippold also has other successes on her resume besides the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters: Her other credits include the feature film The Heat and the TV series Parks and Recreation.

There is no release date set at this time for the reboot, so keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the progress of this current version of The Haunted Mansion.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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