Del Toro to write and produce movie based on Disney's Haunted Mansion

Posted Monday, July 26, 2010 11:44 AM | Contributed by Jeff

One of the biggest surprises at Comic-Con thus far came on Thursday during the Disney panel, when Guillermo del Toro came out and announced that he would be writing, producing and maybe directing a remake of "The Haunted Mansion." Del Toro joked that they weren't returning Eddie Murphy's calls for this, referencing Murphy's 2003 comedy.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:15 AM

A remake of a 2003 Film? Is Hollywood Running out of ideas? Come on YouTube Video Producers has more ideas than Hollywood anymore!These remakes are now getting on my Nerves!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:24 AM

I wouldn't call it a remake as much of a, "Wow did that one suck, so let's do it right this time."

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:32 AM

Del Toro abandoned two years of work on the Hobbit for this?

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 8:39 AM

Jeff said:
I wouldn't call it a remake as much of a, "Wow did that one suck, so let's do it right this time."

Kind of like The Hulk. Except they still didn't quite do it right the second time, although it was leagues better than Ang Lee's.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 11:17 AM

Ensign Smith said:
Del Toro abandoned two years of work on the Hobbit for this?

Del Toro abandoned two years on the Hobbit because most of that time was spent sitting around doing nothing. He was putting his career on hold indefinitely for the off chance the movie studios stopped bickering long enough to make the movie. I don't blame him for wanting out.

From everything I've read, Del Toro is a Disney freak and claims to even have a Haunted Mansion themed room in his house. Since he specializes in horror and fantastical imagery, seems like the perfect project for him.

Last edited by Sagretti, Tuesday, July 27, 2010 11:17 AM
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:00 PM

Maybe Holiwood's is doing this on purpose. Make a crappy movie knowing fans of the subject will watch it anyways, then a few years later make a better version, knowing fans will pay to see that one also. Double your sales while only needing one un-original idea.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:09 PM

I have no doubt Del Toro will do the ride and the concept justice....I still flash back to Pan's Labyrinth. If you haven't seen it, you should definitely check it out.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 4:40 PM

I'm sure Deltoro could do a lot with the haunted mansion. but Disney's movies have been falling short.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 5:31 PM

That's not the box office I've been watching. Up and Toy Story 3 have made about a bazillion dollars. Maybe even two bazillion. Each!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 5:53 PM

^I think he meant their live-action films. Prince of Persia tanked as did Sorcerer's Apprentice. But Disney has always had more success with their animated films than live-action. Pirates was the exception, not the rule.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 7:27 PM

Everyone forgets Alice from the beginning of the year, too, which did over a billion dollars worldwide. Course, that one is up for debate whether you'd consider it more animated or live-action.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 11:50 PM

Alice was proof that even if the movie sucks, really bad, anything with Depp nowadays will be a major success.

It was also proof that Tim Burton is no longer a genius. ;)

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 12:07 AM

I thought Charlie and the Chocolate Factory established that.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 12:32 AM

I guess Im the only person who enjoyed those two movies.

Tim Burton's Charlie is much more in line with the book then Willy Wonka (but I love both.)

Im not much of an Alice fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed that movie too.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:22 AM

Tim Burton keeps making the same movie, with same recylced Elfman score (da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da) over and over. The first half-dozen or so were fun, but now it's gotten incredibly boring.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 10:03 AM

Mamoosh said:
^I think he meant their live-action films. Prince of Persia tanked as did Sorcerer's Apprentice.

I didn't even bother with Sorcerer's Apprentice. You don't mess with *that* original.


edit to clarify *that

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:03 AM

Touchdown said:
I guess Im the only person who enjoyed those two movies.

While the original Willy Wonka is considered a classic (and let's be honest...it certainly didn't age well) I thought the Burton/Depp version was really good.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:12 AM

I did too. I thought it was closer to the original source material. I watched most of Alice, but wasn't impressed with it myself.

I think Burton has been bored. He needs to stop making adaptations of other works and go back to being creative and do something like Edward Scissorhands or Beetlejuice (Though I did like Big Fish and James & the Giant Peach).

I actually liked his 2 Batman movies and hold them apart from the (incredible) Nolan Batmen when comparing.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:26 AM

I absolutely love Big Fish. It's such a great movie.

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