This is seriously the best news ever! Yep, Disney reportedly has a brand new Haunted Mansion movie in the works, and we’re ready to get spooked, once again.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer Katie Dippold — known for films like The Heat and Ghostbusters — is working on a brand new movie based on on the fan-favorite ride at the Disney Parks. As fans know, this isn’t the first flick inspired by the ride to hit theaters. That’s right, back in 2003, Eddie Murphy starred in the horror comedy which brought elements from The Haunted Mansion to life. Viewers will remember Madame Leota and the 999 ghosts who all made pretty hilarious appearances in the first film. Since not much information is available about the upcoming movie just yet, it’s unclear whether or not these characters will return to haunt new viewers.
For those who don’t know, the beloved ride first opened at Disneyland in 1969 and riders are seated in a “Doom Buggy” as they go through the mansion and experience friendly haunts from the dining room to the graveyard and everywhere in between.
But get ready, guys, because the Haunted Mansion isn’t the only remake Disney has in the works. They reportedly have a live-action remake of Pinocchio in the works, and there’s already a pretty star-studded cast!
According to Deadline, the network is eyeing the one and only Tom Hanks (who fans may recognize from his role as Woody in Toy Story!) to play Geppetto. Robert Zemeckis — who was behind movies like Back to the Future, The Polar Express, Forrest Gump and more — is reportedly set to direct the new movie, and we cannot wait.
“Although insiders say negotiations are very early, we hear that after reading the script, Tom has reached out to Robert to let him know he wants to do the film,” the outlet reported.
They added that years ago, the company had ideas to remake the animated classic with a different director, but that it eventually fell through.
“Disney has always longed for Tom to play the woodcarver, having approached him years ago,” Deadline explained. “That deal was never made, but given Tom and Robert’s long-standing relationship going back to when they both won Oscars for their work on Forrest Gump, this seems more likely to move forward.”
Honestly, we can’t wait for both of these sure-to-be epic flicks!
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