After years of languishing in development, it seems that Disney and director Guillermo del Toro are finally moving forward with their adaptation The Haunted Mansion, with Ryan Gosling in negotiations to star, although it isn't known what role he may portray. The filmmaker revealed in July that The Haunted Mansion will have the Hatbox Ghost, hinting that Doug Jones may be playing him. While we'll have to wait and see if that comes to fruition, Disney Parks have decided to revive the Hatbox Ghost in their The Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland, the first time this character has been seen in over 46 years.
The Hatbox Ghost was one of the original 999 "happy haunts" that populated The Haunted Mansion when it opened in 1969, described as, "an elderly ghost in a cloak and top hat, leaning on a cane with a wavering hand and clutching a hatbox in the other." Fans would see the ghost's head completely disappear as it found its way inside the hatbox. However, the attraction didn't go off as planned, since ambient light prevented fans from seeing The Hatbox Ghost's head from fully lighting up, and it was eventually decommissioned just a few months after the ride opened.
Disney is reviving this classic character for Disneyland's 60th anniversary diamond celebration, and fans got to see him in the attraction starting this weekend. Disney Parks has released a new video that gives us a closer look at the new Hatbox Ghost, along with some of the history behind this popular character. As far as The Haunted Mansion movie goes, it isn't known when production will begin, but we'll keep you posted as soon as we have more updates. In the meantime, take a look at Disney's video below, along with another video that shows what the Hatbox Ghost looks inside the actual Haunted Mansion attraction.