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Comic-Con: Guillermo Del Toro Takes on Disney's Haunted Mansion

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 22, 2010 at 8:05AM

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.
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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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.