The creative force behind “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy”, Guillermo del Toro, has united with Disney to pay homage to the popular “Mansion” ride, which opened at Disneyland in 1969.
“It’s going to be a thrill ride for the whole family but it’s definitely going to be scary,” Del Toro confessed of the new movie project. “(Walt) Disney is one of the creators of some of the scariest images in my childhood. People forget that he not only made sweet images but also images of nightmare. We need to honor that side of the legacy.”
He made a deal with Disney to co-write the script with Matthew Robbins whom he collaborated with in 1997 on the film “Mimic” and the upcoming “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark,” as well as to produce the film. The new movie will not be linked to Disney’s earlier attempt to turn the ride into a movie in 2003 with Eddie Murphy. For his part Del Toro is thrilled about the project, the ride is one of his childhood obsessions and even rides it as a form of therapy to this day.
Eager fans will have to wait as Del Toro creates yet another movie masterpiece, he concluded, “We want to make a movie for the 21st century,” he said.