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At Comic Con 2010, Guillermo del Toro surprised the crowd at Disney’s Hall H panel by publicly announcing that he would be producing (and probably directing) a new big screen adaptation of the classic Disneyland attraction The Haunted Mansion.  Its been almost four years since that announcement, and development is still on going. Del Toro offered a new update on the project during his Reddit AMA. Find out what the filmmaker said about the development of the Haunted Mansion movie adaptation including details of new screenwriters and Doug Jones Hat Box Ghost development art, after the jump.

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Locke and Key movie writer

The long-gestating Locke & Key adaptation is now taking another step forward. Albert Torres has just been hired to write the script, based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez‘s hit comic book.

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen remain on board to produce the project, which has been in the works for the better part of a decade at this point. Hit the jump for the latest updates.

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New Ant-Man screenwriters

Almost any studio tentpole has a parade of different writers working on the script. Some get credit; many do not. In the case of Ant-Man, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish did most of the work, writing a series of drafts that got the film through development. But then a significant rewrite, said to be by frequent Marvel One-Shot writer Eric Pearson, led to Wright and Cornish departing the film. Adam McKay was hired to rewrite for new director Peyton Reed.

Now we’ve got a new set of names for the film. Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer have written the mooted Sabrina the Teenage Witch re-do, and the Magic Castle movie McG was once set to direct. They have reportedly come on board to do a last polish and then act as the on-set writers as the film is in production.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes photo

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a big success, and 20th Century Fox wanted a sequel in theaters for May 2014. Rise director Rupert Wyatt didn’t feel that would give him enough time to make the film properly and dropped out late in the development process, only a couple months before shooting was scheduled to begin. Cloverfield/Let Me In director Matt Reeves was quickly hired to replace Wyatt. But before Reeves signed on, Fox was looking to make a much different film.

“When I first arrived, [Fox] pitched me the story they were gonna do and I thought I wasn’t gonna do the film,” Reeves told me in an exclusive interview. “I wasn’t gonna do the film because it was a story that I didn’t quite connect to.”

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was originally developed to be a very different movie, and production was set to begin in a matter of only a handful of weeks. Find out the story of how Matt Reeves completely reworked the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes story from the ground up, forming one of the greatest opening sequences you’ll see this year.

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GI Joe Dwayne Johnson

The two G.I. Joe films have been moneymakers for Paramount, and the studio is moving forward with the third installment. Hit the jump to find out who has been hired as the new GI Joe 3 screenwriter.

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Enchanted

It has been seven years since Disney released the 2007 live-action film Enchanted. Even before it was released, execs were calling it the first film of a potential franchise. It took a while but in FebruaryDisney  hired Jessie Nelson (Stepmom, The Story of Us, I Am Sam, Because I Said So) to pen a screenplay, with Anne Fletcher attached to direct. It doesn’t look like Disney is willing to give up just yet. Dateline has learned that Disney has hired Shrek 2 and The Smurfs writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss to pen the sequel and Fletcher is still on board to direct.

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ready player one movie

One of the most entertaining, page-turning books I’ve read in the past few years is Ernie Cline‘s Ready Player One. Before it was even published, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the video-game influenced story, which plays like a high-tech blend of The Social Network, Willy Wonka, and Ender’s Game.

That was 2010 and since then, the only update was about a script rewrite in 2012. Two and a half years later, one more writer is coming onboard. His name is Zak Penn, better known as the original writer of The Avengers and X2. His job is to shape up the script so Warner Bros. can sign a director this fall. Read the latest on the Ready Player One movie below. Read More »

Ghostbusters

Tuesday night’s story about Max Landis potentially doing a polish on Ghostbusters 3 was debunked pretty fast by the screenwriter, but it also lit a fire under his ass. In the hours since since the story broke, was debunked and then deleted, Landis revealed he obviously had been thinking about Ghostbusters 3 a lot. And since he’s not going to actually be writing the screenplay, he decided to lay his ideas out on Twitter.

Landis’ Ghostbusters 3 story isn’t a simple passing of the torch we’d been hearing about for nearly a decade. Instead, it’s a global Ghostbusting affair with franchised teams from all over the globe, one of which goes bad. It’s then up to the main heroes to save the world. It would also explain who Slimer is, work in the mythology and villains of the first film, and more. In short – it sounds really awesome.

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