The Haunted Mansion theme park to become Disney film

Thursday, July 22, 2010
By Sara Moore

In front of 65,000 fans at Comic-Con today, Guillermo del Toro announced that he is currently developing a new film based on the classic Disney theme park attraction, The Haunted Mansion, for The Walt Disney Studios.

“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,” del Toro said. “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!”

Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios said, “Millions of people from around the world visit The Haunted Mansion each year, but no one has ever had a tour guide like Guillermo del Toro. Guillermo is one of the most gifted and innovative filmmakers working today and he is going to take audiences on a visually-thrilling journey like they’ve never experienced before.”

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