Disney is building a new Haunted Mansion.
Katie Dippold, perhaps best known for writing the recent Ghostbusters reboot and The Heat, is writing a feature based on the popular ride for Burbank-based studio. No word on how this is going to improve on the 2003 Eddie Murphy live action movie of the same subject matter.
Rideback, the banner run by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich and was behind Disney’s billion dollar-grossing Aladdin remake, is producing what is intended to be a live-action movie. The trick with Haunted Mansion property for Disney has always been the fine line balance of genuine scares, fun, and appropriate for the wider Disney audience.
The Haunted Mansion ride debuted in 1969 and was an immediate success. The premise sees theme park guests go inside a spooky and creepy manor that has a wide array of supernatural frights. It also featured a graveyard’s worth of characters, ranging from the spirit of psychic medium Madame Leota to the skeletal Bride to the cloaked Hatbox Ghost.
The Haunted Mansion was first made into a film in 2003 as supernatural horror comedy film based on the theme park attraction and was directed by Rob Minkoff and written by David Berenbaum. That film starred Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Nathaniel Parker, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly, and Dina Spybey.
No word on if the two films will be connected in any way other than in name and subject.