Disney Plans New ‘Haunted Mansion’ Movie From ‘Ghostbusters’ Writer Katie Dippold

Well, those hoping for that dream Guillermo Del Toro version of The Haunted Mansion will need to prepare themselves for disappointment. Disney is indeed moving forward on a film based on the popular theme park attraction, but it won’t be with Del Toro. Instead, it’ll come from the writer of 2016’s Ghostbusters.

THR reports Katie Dippold will pen a live-action Haunted Mansion movie for Disney. Joining her are producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, the duo behind Disney’s Aladdin remake.

Dippold wrote the Ghostbusters movie that featured an all-female team, and was a disappointment at the box office. Her credits are strong overall, including Spy, The Heat, and Snatched.

The problem Dippold faces is that a great many people have been aching for Del Toro to direct The Haunted Mansion. He’s been talking about it for years , and there’s pretty much zero chance he would want to direct from a script he wasn’t involved in.

Dippold is likely going to turn Haunted Mansion into a comedy, which is the route Disney went in a 2003 film starring Eddie Murphy. That was the same year as the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. One of those became a gigantic blockbuster franchise. The other is The Haunted Mansion.

Travis Hopson
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