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Del Toro Set to Write and Produce Film for Disney

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - July 22, 2010 -Guillermo del Toro surprised the
6,500 fans gathered today at Comic-Con with the announcement that he is
currently developing a new film for The Walt Disney Studios based on the
classic Disney theme park attraction, The Haunted Mansion.

"Dark imagery is an integral part of the Walt Disney legacy.  After all,
Disney himself was the father of some really chilling moments and
characters - think Chernabog from Fantasia or Maleficent as the Dragon
or the Evil Queen in Snow White," said del Toro.  "I couldn't be more
excited to be a part of my own adaptation of the original theme park
attraction Walt envisioned and that remains- for me- the most desirable
piece of real estate in the whole world!"

"Millions of people from around the world visit The Haunted Mansion
each year, but no one has ever had a tour guide like Guillermo del
Toro," said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. "Guillermo
is one of the most gifted and innovative filmmakers working today and he
is going to take audiences on a visually-thrilling journey like they've
never experienced before."

Since August 1969, foolish mortals have dared to trespass on the macabre
grounds of Disney's Haunted Mansion. A hallowed landmark in Disneyland's
New Orleans square, it's the dwelling place of 999 happy haunts dying to
meet new visitors each day. The plantation-style of the mansion's facade
is a sweet deception for visitors. Inside, ghostly doom buggies line the
hallways. Since its construction, the mysteries of the mansion have
transcended the attraction with stories surfacing about horrifying
encounters with the supernatural.  Versions of the daunting edifice have
been built at other Disney theme parks in Orlando, Tokyo and Paris.


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