Del Toro Update: NOT Directing Mansion, More Horror Next
by Alex Billington
July 23, 2010
So the news yesterday that Guillermo del Toro was
directing The Haunted Mansion reboot for Disney got a bit screwed up. Apparently del Toro is not actually directing that movie, he's only writing/producing it for Disney. So if you're wondering what else he is doing (in place of The Hobbit), I just watched his panel for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (another horror project he's producing) and he confirmed that coming up next is a horror movie that he will begin shooting next May, but he wouldn't reveal details (he said it would be announced sometime in the next few months). Disney confirmed the HM news with another press release.
If a few of you are thinking that it's the Frankenstein movie he's talked about before, that is not his next new horror project, because he mentioned later that he's working on Frankenstein "some day" so that's definitely not going to be it. In regards to Haunted Mansion, Latino Review published a big article about the project with additional details straight from del Toro. "Dark imagery is an integral part of the Walt Disney legacy," said GdT. "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!"
On top of that, ShockTillYouDrop unveiled this "poster" seen below for del Toro's Haunted Mansion that debuted at Comic-Con and was given out to 999 fans. With the buzz and interest this new project is getting, I thought it'd be pretty cool for you guys to see this imagery, as it's kind of a little tease for what the feel of this new reboot might be like. The art on this was done by Brandon Ragnar Johnson. Check that out below!