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Del Toro Sells Out to Disney

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 22, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 22, 2010 |

Guillermo Del Toro, who has had the fanboys wrapped around his finger since The Devil’s Backbone and was set to direct The Hobbit up until a few weeks ago, has decided: “Fuck the fanboys; I’m taking the cash.”

Del Toro announced after the TR0N panel at Comic-Con today that he’d be remaking the movie based on the Disney ride. It was last made by Eddie Murphy in 2003. The results were disastrous.

But don’t worry, del Toro insisted that his version would be scary, and would focus on The Hatbox Ghost. We want this to be “the haunted house movie that a generation remembers and loves,” he added, according to The Washington Post. Talking to THR, he also said that The Haunted Mansion “would be a thrill ride for the whole family.”

It didn’t take long for del Toro to pick up the Disney talking points. What a sham and a half. This is what del Toro has been teasing would be the big announcement at Comic-con this year?

So it goes.

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