So, at the end of the "Tron Legacy" panel, they had a couple surprises...
One was a certain captain of a ship telling us what a wonderful adventure he's having. But after that, they showed a clip from a new/old Disney film that made people go: "huh?" Now, after this, Patton Oswalt wanted to introduce the new head of this project. Everyone, was wondering if it was a joke. And then Guillermo del Toro walked out onstage and the place went nuts.
He announced his next production (not directing it, since he's announcing that next week) gig would be an E-Ticket movie that he is writing with Matthew Robbins. And no, it won't be a comedy and it won't star Eddie Murphy. In fact, he joked that they're not returning Eddie's calls. So "The Hobbit" looses him and Mouse fans get him instead. I like that.
This project, along with films like "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" and several others (not the defunct Disney Double Dare You!, sadly), will hopefully make him quite busy for Disney Studios over the next few years. Maybe Ross made a deal with him to do this and then he'll finance "At the Mountains of Madness" through the Touchstone label? Sad that he couldn't make the trip to Middle Earth because of all this MGM mess, but glad he gets to go play with 999 ghost.
I've always thought "The Haunted Mansion" would make a great film adaptation if done right. Obviously, the one done seven years ago wasn't it. So now comes the press release:
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 22, 2010 –Guillermo del Toro surprised the 6,500 fans gathered today at Comic-Con with the announcement that he is currently developing a new film for The Walt Disney Studios based on the classic Disney theme park attraction, The Haunted Mansion.
“Dark imagery is an integral part of the Walt Disney legacy. After all, Disney himself was the father of some really chilling moments and characters - think Chernabog from Fantasia or Maleficent as the Dragon or the Evil Queen in Snow White,” said del Toro. “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!"
“Millions of people from around the world visit The Haunted Mansion each year, but no one has ever had a tour guide like Guillermo del Toro,” said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “Guillermo is one of the most gifted and innovative filmmakers working today and he is going to take audiences on a visually-thrilling journey like they’ve never experienced before.”
Since August 1969, foolish mortals have dared to trespass on the macabre grounds of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. A hallowed landmark in Disneyland’s New Orleans square, it’s the dwelling place of 999 happy haunts dying to meet new visitors each day. The plantation-style of the mansion’s facade is a sweet deception for visitors. Inside, ghostly doom buggies line the hallways. Since its construction, the mysteries of the mansion have transcended the attraction with stories surfacing about horrifying encounters with the supernatural. Versions of the daunting edifice have been built at other Disney theme parks in Orlando, Tokyo and Paris.
I feel that the film we hoped to see, now may come to fruition after all...