Yesterday it was reported that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro had decided his first directorial project since leaving his directing duties on The Hobbit and now it seems that news isn't quite true. Latino Review is reporting that del Toro will not be directing The Haunted Mansion 3D.
The director himself sent a brief statement over to the site and here's what he had to say.
"Only producing and co-writing with Matthew Robbins for now. I would love to direct it if the timing allows it but I already have the next directing project ready to be announced in a week or so. Big and unexpected and full of invention. Haunted Mansion is, however, so perfect- because into it I can finally pour decades- most of my life- of admiration and veneration for Rolly Crump, Marc Davis and Claude Coats and the incredibly stylized and impossibly cool world they created. The movie I am imagining and that I dream of bringing forth is a full-on shrine to the feel we had as kids going into these E-ticket rides. For some people Haunted Mansion is just a ride for others, like me, who got caught in it at the precise age, it is almost a way of life.
The site also revealed that del Toro will announce his next directing gig next week. We'll be sure to keep you posted with any further updates on this project as soon as we have more information.