Good news! It sounds like there’s finally some forward motion on one of Guillermo del Toro‘s longtime passion projects – his Disney collaboration, Haunted Mansion. Per The Wrap, Ryan Gosling is in talks to join del Toro’s long-gestating film based on the beloved Disney ride of the same name.
The two filmmakers have recently struck up a friendship, with del Toro moderating a panel at SXSW last month to discuss Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River. The pair was also spotted at Disneyland over Oscar weekend, which might just be how they like to spend their free time, but was more likely a fun way to spend a day kicking around ideas for the project.
The Haunted Mansion reboot has been in development with del Toro since it was announced at ComicCon in 2010, and last we heard about the project was in July of last year when del Toro offered a pretty significant update during a Reddit AMA, stating that he and Disney were still trying to crack the script. Hopefully, Gosling’s involvement is an indication that there’s been some forward movement on that front. Gosling and del Toro are a perfect pair for the material – del Toro’s love of the gothic and macabre is borderline legendary at this point, and Gosling brings a star quality that is matched with intelligence and talent.
It makes a lot of sense for this project to move forward right now. After the critical and popular success of Cinderella, Disney is in full reboot mode. The studio will release The Jungle Book and Alice Through the Looking Glass in 2016, begins production on Beauty and the Beast in a matter of weeks, and recently greenlit live-action adaptations of Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, Pinocchio and Dumbo.
Of course, del Toro is notorious for having a lot of irons in the fire – a wise move for any filmmaker who wants to work regularly – and he’s busy right now with the release of Crimson Peak on the horizon, as well as work on Pacific Rim 2, and The Strain season 2. Goslings’s Lost River will hit limited theaters and VOD this weekend, and the actor recently wrapped Shane Black‘s The Nice Guys. Here’s hoping the duo finds a way to fit Haunted Mansion in their schedules, because this is one I really want to see.