Years ago came word that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro had attached himself to a 3D reboot of “The Haunted Mansion” that Disney Pictures was developing. Since then however there has been nothing. The project appeared to have become one of several films on Del Toro’s schedule that haven’t really gone anywhere.
Out doing promotion for FX’s “The Strain” today with a Reddit AMA, the filmmaker revealed he is working on a new draft of the script with two different writing teams. Yet, even now, they haven’t managed to crack the story:
“Two weeks ago, I went back to Disneyland with the executives with whom I am developing the screenplay. It’s a hard screenplay to crack. We’ve done it a few times.
We are on our third or fourth draft, with two different writing teams, and I think the main thing is to try to combine everything that is great about the ride into the movie, and to make it a really intense but with a sense of fun – just like the ride.
It’s a tough balance, and I would be happy to report if we had the screenplay. We always feel like we are very close, but not yet. I have to believe that Disney will make this movie as soon as we crack the screenplay, but until then we cannot tackle it.”
He does confirm though that a bunch of concept artwork has been done and they have developed maquettes of the Hat Box Ghost. However, due to his busy schedule, he may not end up directing it:
“It is a movie I would love to direct, but I would be happy to just produce it if the timing is not right. I, by the way, was named Guest for the Day for the Haunted Mansion the last time I did, which gave me unlimited access to ride the mansion several times during the day. Unfortunately it was just the moment my left knee decided to bust and I had to go back home with a busted knee.”