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Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro Discuss ‘Magic Kingdom’ and ‘Haunted Mansion’ Films at San Diego Comic-Con

24 July 2011 No Comment

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which has been taking place this weekend at the San Diego Convention Center, featured a talk with two well-known film directors, Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro. The talk was a discussion between the two about filmmaking in general, with del Toro at the event to promote the film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Favreau promoting Cowboys and Aliens. But with both directors attached to upcoming films based on Disney theme park attractions (Favreau will be directing the film Magic Kingdom, and del Toro is helming The Haunted Mansion), the topic of Disney and their work on these films was not forgotten.

During the talk, Favreau and del Toro were quick to point out their mutual admiration for Walt Disney, citing his risk-taking spirit and many innovations. About Walt, del Toro said:

“This is a guy that was highly experimental. Talk about a risk taker. This guy didn’t do anything that was safe.”

The two also talked a bit about their upcoming films. About Magic Kingdom, Favreau mentioned that he hoped to give the film a “nostalgic feel” through the use of different kinds of techniques, possibly including techniques such as stop-motion animation and music. It’s still yet to be decided whether or not the film will be in 3D, and Favreau mentioned that him and screenwriter Michael Chabon will begin breaking the script for Magic Kingdom once Cowboys and Aliens is released.

About Haunted Mansion, del Toro did not reveal details about the film’s plot, but told the audience that it would be a “scary” film and, unlike the previous Haunted Mansion film that starred Eddie Murphy, the cast will not include any comedians. Del Toro also mentioned that the screenplay is currently in its second or third draft. Discussing the research he’s been doing for the film, del Toro revealed that on a recent trip to Disneyland at 5 AM, when the park had been specially opened for him (Are you jealous yet?), he hid a dime and a quarter on The Haunted Mansion attraction itself.

In addition to the details that the directors’ revealed at Comic-Con, check out this video interview with Favreau, conducted by MTV.com, in which he discusses more about Magic Kingdom:

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