Though Crimson Peak disappointed many – I loved it from a visual point of view but felt the story never really came off as well as it should have done – and actually flopped at the box office, a new film from Guillermo del Toro still manages to attract lots of interest. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the excellent Michael Shannon, in what is a very busy time for him with Frank & Lola, Complete Unknown, Wolves, Poor Boy, Elvis & Nixon, Midnight Special, Loving and Nocturnal Animals all having been made either last year or this one, is the latest actor to sign on for del Toro’s next movie which also stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
The only official information about the plot is that it’s: An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. A mysterious and magical journey from master storyteller Guillermo del Toro, Though an earlier report indicated that the story may involve a janitor who falls in love with a merman and frees him from the lab where he is being kept, those details remain unconfirmed at this time. In any case, a supernatural drama set against historical backdrops sounds perfect for the director of the brilliant Pan’s Labyrinth, plus The Devil’s Backbone. With shooting expected to get underway this summer, it shouldn’t be too long before more details start to leak out. In addition to directing, del Toro also wrote the screenplay.