What Do ‘Dear White People’ & ‘The Haunted Mansion’ Have In Common?


A reboot of the ‘Haunted Mansion’ has been floating around for many years. Quite some time ago, Guillermo Del Toro was working on it. His schedule, however, wouldn’t allow it. Personally, I think that’s a great loss. Del Toro’s idea of horror lends itself well to the classic ride.

Then for a long time, the project sat dormant. Maybe for the best, or maybe waiting for just the right mix of talent. Regardless, Disney is moving forward with an unlikely choice in director for the subject matter, according to Deadline.

The director of ‘Dear White People’ is currently in talks with Disney to direct ‘The Haunted Mansion.’ Justin Simien, who also directed the Netflix series based on his film, could be joining the producers of the live-action ‘Aladdin,’ Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich. This is an odd mix of people, depending on your opinion of their respective products.

Would ‘The Haunted Mansion’ ever work as a live-action film? We saw in 2003 that all the special effects in the world couldn’t help Eddie Murphy’s version. Could mixing Simein’s directing style with what we saw in ‘Aladdin’ 2019 result in something awesome or unintentionally weird?

If Disney lets Simien explore his creativity without needless intrusion, I have hope for it. What is worrisome is that Katie Dippold wrote the current draft of the script. Her credits include Paul Feig’s ‘The Heat’ and the 2016 version of ‘Ghostbusters.’

Luckily we don’t have the loons at Sony working for Disney, or else I’d be unprofessionally writing the film off before the sets were built.

Personally, I’d love to see a traditionally animated film based on the ride. Perhaps tapping into the animation style from the ’70s era of Disney. You know, when the cells were photocopied from the penciled framed? The gritty look of the animation would pop.

What are your thoughts on the potential director working on this reboot? Let us know in the comments.

[Source: Deadline]

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