In a surprise announcement at the end of Walt Disney Studios' "Tron Legacy" Comic-Con 2010 panel, Guillermo Del Toro was introduced as the director of a "reboot" of "The Haunted Mansion."
Del Toro, who recently removed himself from helming duties on "The Hobbit," promised that this incarnation would be a much more serious and darker version that pays tribute to the original Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. He revealed the film would be in 3-D and joked that he was "not returning Eddie Murphy's calls." That is a reference to the critically lambasted "Haunted Mansion" family comedy that Disney released in 2003.
"My biggest hope is to reintroduce it right," Del Toro told the crowd. He also said the centerpiece of the picture would be the popular ride's Hat Box ghost. "I always loved his image. I think he's one of the scariest creations. He's also incredibly whimsical. This would be the pivotal character to re-introduce."
No timetable or cast was discussed, but Del Toro said his version would not be for the faint of heart.
"This is going to be scary, if you bring the children they will scream," Del Toro said. He then joked, "Its a test of character. This to me is a dream come true. And I hope to steal as many props as possible."
Del Toro will appear at Comic-Con tomorrow to discuss his new thriller "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" which he produced for former Disney division Miramax.