Foolish mortals! The days are moving along, and we are inching closer and closer to getting a new Haunted Mansion movie. The film is set to feature a lot of famous Hollywood faces — including Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, and LaKeith Stanfield. If everything goes according to plan, Disney’s new Haunted Mansion will hit theaters on March 10, 2023.
Details surrounding the film have been relatively quiet, but now, Disney is officially sharing more of what we can expect from Disney’s newest spooky movie. Disney Parks Blog said the following:
Walt Disney Pictures’ “Haunted Mansion,” is based on Disney’s classic theme parks attraction and starring a star-studded ensemble cast that includes LaKeith Stanfield “Knives Out,” Tiffany Haddish “Bad Trip,” Owen Wilson Marvel’s “Loki,” Danny DeVito “Jumanji: The Next Level,” Rosario Dawson “Zombieland: Double Tap” and Chase Dillon “The Underground Railroad.” The film was directed by Justin Simien “Bad Hair,” “Dear White People” and produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich “Aladdin.” Nick Reynolds “Easter Sunday” and Tom Peitzman “The Lion King” are the executive producers.
In this mysterious adventure, a doctor (Dawson) and her 9-year-old son (Dillon), looking to start a new life, move into a strangely affordable mansion in New Orleans, only to discover that the place is much more than they bargained for. Desperate for help, they contact a priest (Wilson), who, in turn, enlists the aid of a widowed scientist-turned failed-paranormal expert (Stanfield), a French Quarter psychic (Haddish) and a crotchety historian (DeVito).
Reactions to the news that Disney was making another Haunted Mansion movie have been mixed, at best. In 2003, Disney made a live-action Haunted Mansion, starring Eddie Murphy, Wallace Shawn, and Jennifer Tilly. The film was panned by critics and audiences alike, receiving a 13% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and a 30% audience score.
Even though the 2003 live-action Haunted Mansion was not very successful, Disney seems to have hit its stride with live-action remakes. Films like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Mulan have been money-makers for the studio. They also saw a lot of success with the fun and silly Disney+ film, Muppets Haunted Mansion. It looks like Disney has learned what works with its audience and what doesn’t, so, fingers crossed, this new Haunted Mansion will be the exact movie fans have been wanting and waiting for.
Are you excited for Disney’s new Haunted Mansion film?