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.
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.