Mickey Mouse Club alum Ryan Gosling is returning to the Mouse House thanks to Guillermo del Toro and the classic Disney attraction The Haunted Mansion.
Gosling is in talks to star in Del Toro’s long-gestating Haunted Mansion movie, according to The Wrap. The project was first announced at San Diego Comic-Con in 2010 but has been moving slowly since then.
A script for the Haunted Mansion movie – described as a “supernatural family film” – is currently being penned by D.V. DeVincentis.
Disney tried once before at bringing its classic park attraction to the big screen with Eddie Murphy at the helm. Released in 2003, the movie received poor reviews from critics and fans alike.
With Del Toro’s creativity at the helm, Disney has a chance at creating a wonderful film based on its beloved ride. The Haunted Mansion attraction has sat in the studio’s Disneyland theme park since 1969. The dark ride opened in the Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland in 1971 and 1983 respectively.
Evidently, the writing has been on the wall about this project for weeks. Del Toro and Gosling were spotted at Disneyland over Oscar weekend in February. Here they are on the new Cars attraction in Disneyland’s sister park California Adventure:
I can't deal w this pic of Ryan Gosling & Guillermo del Toro at Disneyland. GDT doesn't even have a steering wheel! pic.twitter.com/oLW995OuDf
— Breanne L. Heldman (@BreanneNYC) February 24, 2015
Speaking on Reddit last year about the project, Del Toro says he and his team had penned several scripts for his Haunted Mansion movie.
“It’s a hard screenplay to crack,” he said. “We’ve done it a few times. We are on our third or fourth draft, with two different writing teams, and I think the main thing is to try to combine everything that is great about the ride into the movie, and to make it a really intense but with a sense of fun – just like the ride.”
With Gosling now on board, it sounds like he may’ve settled on a script he’s happy with.