Director Justin Simien (Dear White People) is hard at work casting for his new movie adaptation of 2003's Haunted Mansion. Owen Wilson was announced to be involved earlier this week, and now Daredevil and Death Proof actress Rosario Dawson has just been confirmed, reports Deadline.
They join LaKeith Stanfield (Knives Out, Get Out) and Tiffany Haddish (Tuca & Bertie, Girls Trip) who respectively play a widower and believer-turned-cynic who now leads tours in New Orleans' French Quarter, and a psychic able to commune with the dead. There's no word yet on what roles Wilson and Dawson will fill.
Walt Disney Pictures first produced a theatrical feature film adaptation of Haunted Mansion in 2003, which starred Eddie Murphy and was inspired by their famous theme park ride of the same name. The film was negatively received by critics, and currently sits at a humble 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. and starring Eddie Murphy, which was negatively received by critics.
In July 2020, none other than Guillermo del Toro announced that he would write and produce a darker interpretation of the film; yet by 2020, it was confirmed that Katie Dippold was writing a new script, with Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich attached as producers. Dippold is the writer of both Melissa McCarthy-starring comedies, The Heat and Ghostbusters (2016).
This project appears hot off the heels of Jungle Cruise's relative success, which was also a film adaptation based on a Disneyland attraction. Clearly the House of Mouse has taken this as encouragement that they can both upgrade their digs, and make big buck with Haunted Mansion.
Filming is due to start in October.