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Many were intrigued when Guillermo del Toro announced at Comic-Con 2010 that he had partnered with Disney to make a new movie based on one of its most famous rides, The Haunted Mansion. But in the two years since the announcement, little and fewer new information has been released on the project, prompting Collider to ask del Toro what stage The Haunted Mansion is at if any.
"I delivered my last draft five weeks ago," says del Toro, who to this point is just a producer and co-writer on the film. Despite still being in the scripting phase, he sounded optimistic about the studio's reactions thus far, claiming to "know they like the screenplay. I need to meet with them in three weeks…I know their reaction to the draft was good."
To help distinguish the adaptation from the similarly titled (and poorly received) 2003 version of The Haunted Mansion, Disney was wise to pick up del Toro, who has made a name for himself directing such visually inspired films as Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy. As for any non-written progress of his take, del Toro said "we have a bunch of conceptualist art, but you never know, to predict anything else is hard for me to know."
Del Toro also suggests in the interview that Disney might be asking him to direct the film as well.
His current project is Pacific Rim, a tribute to giant monsters 'n mech movies of old, which is currently in post-production.