"Haunted Mansion," which is in development as a special for the
No word on when or if Disney plans to air the special, but this August marks the 45th anniversary of the opening of the first Haunted Mansion attraction in
Disney had previously announced that Del Toro was planning to direct a live action feature based on the ride, and according to the director's comments in a recent Reddit AMA Q&A, they're four drafts into the script and still trying to figure it out.
"We always feel like we are very close, but not yet," Del Toro said.
Del Toro and Grimly both recently worked to develop a stop-motion theatrical feature based on Grimly's dark take on "Pinocchio." Del Toro was to co-direct and Grisly was to be executive producer. However, in early 2013, it was reported the film had been delayed.
Both the feature and the animated special are Disney's second crack at expanding the ride into film. Back in 2003, the studio released "The Haunted Mansion" as a family comedy starring