Disney Television Animation has just announced development on Haunted Mansion, a special for Disney Channel and Disney XD inspired by the popular Disney Parks attraction, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. Legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly (“Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes”) will executive produce and art direct with Scott Peterson (“Phineas and Ferb”) as executive producer, story editing and writing and Joshua Pruett (also from “Phineas and Ferb”) consulting, producing and writing.

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Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation emphasized their commitment to expand their deep roster of world-class artists and creators:

Over the past few years we have focused our strategy on making Disney Television Animation the home for the strongest talent in the business. We have steadily built our roster with both animation veterans and fresh voices, and have fostered an environment where artists support and inspire one another. This group will help us continue to deliver the great storytelling and beloved characters that the Disney animation legacy is known for.

Meanwhile, Guillermo del Toro is still working on his big screen adaptation of Haunted Mansion, which was first announced by del Toro during Comic Con 2010, four years ago.  On a recent Reddit AMA dated July 11, 2014, del Toro gave a brief update:

Well, I spent 2 weeks ago, I went back to Disneyland with the executives with whom I am developing the screenplay. It’s a hard screenplay to crack. We’ve done it a few times. We are on our third or fourth draft, with 2 different writing teams, and I think the main thing is to try to combine everything that is great about the ride into the movie, and to make it a really intense but with a sense of fun – just like the ride. It’s a tough balance, and I would be happy to report if we had the screenplay. We always feel like we are very close, but not yet. We have developed 50-60 pieces of art, We’ve developed maquettes of the Hat Box Ghost, over the body and face of Doug Jones, but we have not succeeded yet in cracking the screenplay. I have to believe that Disney will make this movie as soon as we crack the screenplay, but until then we cannot tackle it. It is a movie I would love to direct, but I would be happy to just produce it if the timing is not right. I, by the way, was named Guest for the Day for the Haunted Mansion the last time I did, which gave me unlimited access to ride the mansion several times during the day. Unfortunately it was just the moment my left knee decided to bust and I had to go back home with a busted knee.

No details were given as to when the animated Haunted Mansion will air, but in the meantime, here is a sample of Gris Grimly’s art, to give you a sneak peek of what to expect.

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