Get ready for the spook of your life!
The House of Mouse has been known to draw inspiration from its classic rides for big screen projects. Examples of this are Pirates of the Caribbean and the upcoming Jungle Cruise film set for a 2021 release. Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, which first opened in 1969, has long been on the top of fans’ lists of favorite rides as well as lists of desired live-action adaptions.
Nearly 20 years ago, the studio featured the spooky characters from the classic ride for a family comedy film starring Eddie Murphy. Unfortunately, the 2003 film flopped with audiences, bringing in a little over $150 million at the worldwide box office. Compared to the $650 million worldwide box office of the first Pirates of the Caribbean, the film did not prove to be much of a success. It did, however, do better than The Country Bears, which only grossed $18 million. Fortunately, Disney is getting back on the headless horse and is currently working on a project to develop a new Haunted Mansion reboot.
Katie Dippold, the writer behind the Melissa McCarthy’s Ghostbusters and 2013’s buddy-cop comedy The Heat, is reportedly penning the script. There is likely to be some comedy in the film because Dippold’s resume also includes writing for Parks and Recreation, along with the 2017 Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn movie Snatched.
It is also being produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who previously worked on 2019’s live-action Aladdin remake.
Many fans are calling for a horror take on The Haunted Mansion on the big screen, but Disney Studios is more likely to make the film family friendly.
In other Disney films news, the live-action Mulan will become available to all Disney+ subscribers in December, three months after its theatrical and Premier Access streaming release.