While we’re never going to get Guillermo Del Toro’s remake of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion, I’d argue this latest version holds nearly as much promise. With a script by Katie Dippold (2016’s Ghostbusters) and Dear White People and Bad Hair director Justin Simien at the helm, THR reports LaKeith Stanfield and Tiffany Haddish are in talks to star.
I don’t know about you, but I’d venture into a haunted mansion with those two, any day.
Rumors had been swirling about Haddish’s casting for a little while, but this is confirmation the stories were true. She’ll play a psychic who can communicate with the dead, while Stanfield is a widower who moves into the haunted New Orleans home.
The film is a remake of the 2003 comedy led by Eddie Murphy, based on a popular Disney theme park attraction similar to Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise.
Simien is also attached to direct Disney’s Lando Calrissian miniseries, so the studio obviously likes what they have in him. Stanfield just earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah. Haddish recently starred with the great Billy Crystal in Here Today.
While it doesn’t have a set date, Haunted Mansion should arrive sometime in 2022.