Here is everything we know so far about The Walt Disney Company’s Haunted Mansion.
Haunted Mansion is an upcoming American supernatural horror comedy film directed by Justin Simien from a screenplay by Katie Dippold and stars Rosario Dawson, Lakeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Winona Ryder, Dan Levy, Jared Leto, Danny DeVito, and Jamie Lee Curtis. The film is the second theatrical film adaptation of Walt Disney’s theme park attraction of the same name, following the 2003 film. It is produced by Walt Disney Pictures.
The viewers are eager to learn the answers to some of the main concerns for this new adaptation of the film, whether it will be a part of the 2022 or 2023 lineup. As a result, it is very understandable why these questions have heightened the anticipation and piqued the interest of viewers. If you are one of those who want to get clarity about the potential release date, then look no further, as we’ve compiled all of the relevant information on Haunted Mansion’s forthcoming release date and much more.
Continue reading until you reach the end to find all of your answers.
Haunted Mansion Release Date
Haunted Mansion is scheduled to be released in the United States on August 11, 2023. It was previously scheduled for March 10, 2023.
Recently, Curtis appeared toward the end of the D23 segment, whisking Simien away in a car from Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride, without saying so much as a word. Prior to that, the filmmaker had addressed why he’d decided to take the project on. “For me, there was something about that ride I felt was there in the script,” he said. “It was funny and full of interesting characters, but with a dark edge to it. I just related to it. It felt like I knew how to make it. I love New Orleans and I felt I had a responsibility here to make sure all the little easter eggs are there.”
Simien also early on spoke to his personal connection to Disneyland, as well as its Haunted Mansion attraction. “I actually used to work at Disneyland,” he said, showcasing a photo of his employee ID. “I actually used to have hair, and it was the best summer job I ever had. And anytime I wasn’t working on the ride I was supposed to, I’d ride Pirates and my favorite ride, Haunted Mansion.”
What is Haunted Mansion based on?
The Haunted Mansion ride debuted in 1969 and has since become a Disneyland and Disney World classic. The premise involves theme park visitors entering an eerie and creepy manor populated by iconic figures such as the spirit of psychic medium Madame Leota, the skeletal Bride, and the shrouded Hatbox Ghost.
The ride was previously adapted by Disney into a 2003 film directed by Rob Minkoff and starring Eddie Murphy, which was a moderate box office success. Similar to Pirates of the Caribbean, another theme park ride that became a massive box-office smash, executives have always seen this as a piece of Disney IP that is recognizable to so many people around the world but also makes for something that may be easier to adapt as a movie than other theme park rides.
Haunted Mansion Plot
A single mom named Gabbie and her 9-year-old son, who is 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, who, in turn, enlists the aid of a widowed scientist-turned-failed-paranormal expert, a French Quarter psychic, and a crotchety historian to help exorcise the mansion.
Haunted Mansion Cast
The main cast members of the film, which are confirmed as of September 20, 2022, are Rosario Dawson as Gabbie, a single mother; Lakeith Stanfield as Ben Matthias, a widowed scientist-turned failed-paranormal expert; Owen Wilson as Kent, a priest; Tiffany Haddish as Harriet, a psychic; Danny DeVito as a college history professor; Jared Leto as Alistair Crump/Hatbox Ghost; Jamie Lee Curtis as Madame Leota; Chase Dillon as Gabbie’s son; Winona Ryder; Dan Levy and Hasan Minhaj.
In addition to this, Jamie Lee Curtis also made an appearance on stage in the Haunted Mansion buggy from the Disney Parks ride at D23 Expo to elaborate more about the film with other cast members. Take a look at the official post from IGN below:
— IGN (@IGN) September 9, 2022
Haunted Mansion: Where is it being filmed?
The principal photography of the film took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Atlanta, Georgia, from mid-October 2021 to late February 2022. Haddish got into legal difficulty on January 14, 2022, when she was detained on a DUI charge while filming for the film was still going on in Georgia.
Haunted Mansion Teaser Trailer
No, the trailer for the film has not been released as of September 20, 2022. When Justin Simien entered the stage at D23 for the Disney & Pixar Studio Showcase, he premiered an extended clip revealing the characters and world of this new Haunted Mansion. Unfortunately, for those who were unable to attend the presentation, the footage was only available to the panel and has not been made available online.
As per Collider, to summarise, the trailer begins by introducing the main characters of Ben (LaKeith Stanfield), Kent (Owen Wilson), Gabbie (Rosario Dawson), and Harriet (Tiffany Haddish) as they explore the mysterious mansion and eventually find a room that resembles Madame Leotta’s, otherwise known as the sorceress head trapped inside a crystal ball. The rest of the teaser features additional scary ghost-like images and introduces new characters, such as an eccentric college professor (Danny DeVito).
As mentioned above, while you wait for The Haunted Mansion, which is currently scheduled to be released on August 11, 2023. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer for the 2003 film adaptation below:
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