• [NEWS] Disney remaking "Haunted Mansion" (spooky ghosts)

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    From Variety.com ...

    'Dear White People' Filmmaker Justin Simien
    to Direct Disney's 'Haunted Mansion' Remake
    Justin Simien, the director of "Dear White People" and "Bad Hair,"
    has been tapped to direct Disney's "The Haunted Mansion" remake.

    Though taking inspiration from the spooky theme park ride, plot
    details have been kept under wraps for the upcoming live-action
    movie. The Haunted Mansion theme park ride, which first opened in
    1969, takes guests through a ghostly manor, where strange sounds
    and deceased inhabitants abound. It's one of the only attractions
    in which Disney employees are encouraged not to smile.

    Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who recently teamed on Disney's
    live-action adaptation of "Aladdin," are producing the film
    through their production company Rideback. Nick Reynolds of
    Rideback will serve as executive producer.

    Katie Dippold, a writer on the sitcom "Parks and Recreation" who
    later penned "The Heat" and the "Ghostbusters" reboot, wrote the
    most recent draft of the screenplay.

    Disney has mined the Haunted Mansion ride for the big screen once
    before, in a 2003 movie starring Eddie Murphy. It wasn't well
    embraced and barely turned a profit at the box office, grossing
    $180 million from a $90 million budget. Several other theme park
    rides have inspired films and televisions shows, including
    "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Tower of Terror" and the upcoming
    action adventure "Jungle Cruise" with Emily Blunt and Dwayne

    Simien is best known for writing the satirical comedy "Dear White
    People," which premiered to acclaim at Sundance Film Festival in
    2014. It was later adapted into a television series at Netflix.
    He returned to Sundance in 2020, one of the last major Hollywood
    events prior to the pandemic, to debut "Bad Hair." The film,
    starring Jay Pharoah, Lena Waithe and Kelly Rowland, was acquired
    by Neon.

    Deadline Hollywood first reported the news of Simien's hiring.


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