In 2003, Walt Disney Pictures released Haunted Mansion, a movie based on their theme park ride, starring Eddie Murphy. It was released just a few months after the mega-hit Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, also based on a Disney theme park ride. While Haunted Mansion made some money, it did not live up to expectations, either financially or by the reaction from audiences and critics. So Disney just waited twenty years, and is doing it again. Well, to be honest, they didn’t wait that long. This reboot has been in development for more than a decade. Let’s hope they get it right this time.
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The 2023 movie Haunted Mansion seems to be straight up scary in its supernatural scenes, while putting all the comedy into the normal humans’ interactions with each other. As far as we can tell, it’s more in line with the theme park ride than the 2003 film. It will star LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Dan Levy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jared Leto, Hasan Minhaj , Dan Levy, and Winona Ryder.
If Haunted Mansion is a hit this time, it might make up for the so-so performance of Jungle Cruise in 2021. The Space Mountain movie is still in production with no release date set. We can’t think of any other Disney theme park rides that aren’t already based on a movie. Haunted Mansion will hit theaters July 28. -via Boing Boing