Thompson on Hollywood

While we all may still be trying to forget the Eddie Murphy movie version of Disneyland's The Haunted Mansion--Guillermo del Toro admits that he will not take his call--Disney has signed on Del Toro to develop a live-action 3-D version of the classic E-ride, which the director insists he has visited faithfully every year, to "relax." He first took the ride when he was three.

During Disney's Thursday Comic-Con panel, Del Toro promised an "E-ticket ride" that will scare fans young and old, and plans to bring back the character of the Hat Box Ghost: "He's one of the scariest creatures and also one of the most whimsical." Del Toro wants to stay true to the aesthetic of the original ride's imagineers, he said.