Marvel has announced a new Haunted Mansion series as part of is Disney Kingdoms line. The series will be written by Joshua Williamson with art from Jorge Coelho. Haunted Mansion will focus on the stories of the 999 ghosts that live in the fabled Disney attraction.
“One thing that Marvel and I have talked about a little bit is making sure there’s really a horror aspect,” Williamson told Entertainment Weekly. “There are silly parts of the attraction, but we wanted to make sure there was horror there, which is not something I’ve done a lot with my other books.”
“When we first started talking about it, it was one of those things where I was a little worried about my schedule,” Williamson continued. “But then I was like, there’s no way I can’t do this. I get to tell a part of a story, I get to add to something that I’ve loved since I was a little kid. And then to think it’s something that could introduce this franchise to people, that’s really powerful.”
Williamson is working closely with Disney imagineers to honor the history of the attraction, and draws inspiration from the ride's earliest days.
“With this, my big priority is just doing justice to the story,” explained Williamson. “One of my favorite stories about the Haunted Mansion is really the earliest story, which is about Walt Disney, and how he was in the UK being interviewed. And he was kind of asked what he was doing there, and he was like, ‘Oh, I’m going around inviting ghosts to this haunted hotel community I’m going to be making.’ And that was publicly the first mention of the Haunted Mansion. It wasn’t even built for more than 10 years later, but I always like that story.”
“If you’re a fan of the Haunted Mansion, you’re going to enjoy this,” said Williamson. “This is an important thing to me. There are running themes throughout the whole series that we’re going to be doing, but I think when people read all five issues, I want them to have that same feeling they have when they get off the ride. If I can accomplish that, then I really feel like I’ve done something with it. Whether you’re a Marvel fan, a Haunted Mansion fan, a Disney fan, or even a comics fan, if you can get that feeling – that rush of fear and happiness — I think that would be great.”
Haunted Mansion will debut in 2016, and will be followed by several more related titles, including Disney Parks Presents: The Haunted Mansion, and Tales From The Haunted Mansion: The Fearsome Foursome Vol. 1.