Del Toro Update: NOT Directing Mansion, More Horror Next

July 23, 2010

Guillermo del Toro

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!

Haunted Mansion

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Oh thank G-d!! Man, what a sick troll job by del Toro. That would've sucked very much. Now let's hope he's making At The Mountain of Madness.

whomever on Jul 23, 2010


I dont get some of the hate for this project. I understand the Eddie Murphy flick sucked, but Del Toro doing a fun haunted mansion flick? Thats pretty great. Sucks hes not directing though.

Al on Jul 23, 2010


I second "At the Mountains of Madness". I've got my fingers crossed!

Lana on Jul 23, 2010


This is a good thing still. With him attached the project still has potential. I'm starting to wonder though, is this guy all that people claim him to be? True, he brings something unique to the table, but his progress as of late seems sluggish. It's like he's feeling around for something great to work on, we all get excited or disappointed, then it all changes. He broke the ice with the magnificent Pan's Labrynth, but since then I've been waiting for him to wow me again. To be honest, hellboy was pretty bad for such a highly praised visionary. I mean the costuming and editing were good, and his camera work was pretty good, but the story seemed to drag for some reason. I don't know. That's just me.

Eli on Jul 23, 2010


phew... I knew it sounded like a WTF thing for him to get on board for. Good. Del Toro is the man

sedna on Jul 23, 2010


Eddie Murphy ruined Haunted Mansion which was one of my favorite attractions. I'm glad HM is getting a reboot and surely del Toro will "supervise" that project so it won't sucked like the last one.

Jedibilly on Jul 23, 2010


Oh let it be HP Lovecraft AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS!

JimD on Jul 23, 2010


Bring on At the Mountains of Madness!!!

D6 on Jul 24, 2010



dac_fan on Jul 24, 2010


*Also crosses fingers for At the Mountains of Madness* Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease...

Jeep Fu on Jul 24, 2010

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