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It looks like the spirit world hasn't exactly replaced Middle-earth for Guillermo del Toro.

Last week, the 'Hellboy' director surprised the 6,500 attendees at San Diego Comic-Con with an announcement that he's developing a new 'Haunted Mansion' film at Disney.

Several trades quickly posted that del Toro had officially announced his next directing project, now that he's no longer involved with 'The Hobbit.'

However, del Toro has since clarified his involvement with the film with a personal letter to Latino Review, explaining that he is only producing and co-writing 'The Haunted Mansion' -- for now. It looks like the spirit world hasn't exactly replaced Middle-earth for Guillermo del Toro.

Last week, the 'Hellboy' director surprised the 6,500 attendees at San Diego Comic-Con with an announcement that he's developing a new 'Haunted Mansion' film at Disney.

Several trades quickly posted that del Toro had officially announced his next directing project, now that he's no longer involved with 'The Hobbit.'

However, del Toro has since clarified his involvement with the film with a personal letter to Latino Review, explaining that he is only producing and co-writing 'The Haunted Mansion' -- for now.

"I would love to direct it if the timing allows," he says. "But I already have the next directing project ready to be announced in a week or so."

What that next directing project will be is anybody's guess, as del Toro has several projects in development, including an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's 'At the Mountains of Madness' and his own take on 'Frankenstein.'

For now, 'The Haunted Mansion' has del Toro pretty excited.

"For some people, 'Haunted Mansion' is just a ride," he says. "For others, like me, who got caught in it at the precise age, it is almost a way of life."

'The Haunted Mansion' was previously adapted as a vehicle for Eddie Murphy in 2003, as Disney was looking to repeat the theme park success of 'Pirates of the Caribbean.' The film, which cost $90 million to make, grossed over $182 million in worldwide box office.

Stay tuned for more Guillermo del Toro news over the next week.