‘Dear White People’ Filmmaker Justin Simien to Direct Disney’s ‘Haunted Mansion’ Remake

‘Dear White People’ Filmmaker Justin Simien to Direct Disney’s ‘Haunted Mansion’ Remake
Justin Simien, the director of “Dear White People” and “Bad Hair,” has been tapped to direct Disney’s “The Haunted Mansion” remake.

Though taking inspiration from the spooky theme park ride, plot details have been kept under wraps for the upcoming live-action movie. The Haunted Mansion theme park ride, which first opened in 1969, takes guests through a ghostly manor, where strange sounds and deceased inhabitants abound. It’s one of the only attractions in which Disney employees are encouraged not to smile.

Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who recently teamed on Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Aladdin,” are producing the film through their production company Rideback. Nick Reynolds of Rideback will serve as executive producer.

Katie Dippold, a writer on the sitcom “Parks and Recreation” who later penned “The Heat” and the “Ghostbusters” reboot, wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay.

Disney has mined the Haunted Mansion ride for the big screen once before,
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