Guillermo del Toro just might be the busiest man working in movies right now. He has a number of projects on the horizon as a producer (Kung-Fu Panda 3, Alma, The Incredible Hulk TV series), and he has a couple of writing credits coming up (The Hobbit trilogy, The Incredible Hulk TV series) and he is also writing, producing and directing a new, much darker version of Pinocchio. There are also talks of a Beauty and the Beast adaptation with Emma Watson. If all that wasn’t enough, he has vampire TV series The Strain to think about, Pacific Rim coming next July, Mama (which he produced) coming in January and he also hints at the idea of a sequel to Pacific Rim. Surely that is quite enough for one man to be getting on with? Oh no, there is the small matter of the supernatural Justice League movie, Heaven Sent.
Let’s start with Pacific Rim 2 shall we? Speaking with Collider, del Toro spoke a little about a possible sequel to next years giant robots vs monsters epic, and while it is simply an idea for now, it is exciting to know next guaranteed classic might not be the end of it. It has also been reported that the trailer for Pacific Rim is likely to be showing ahead of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from December 13th!
“We certainly started tossing ideas for possibilities of a sequel and Travis Beacham and I are writing a proposal of ideas, but at the same time I know I don’t want to do that next. I want to do something else, I want to do something in a different genre that’s not so big. So I don’t know yet what it’s gonna be, but I know that next year I’m delivering Pacific Rim in July and then I’m doing—God willing—the voice shooting for Pinocchio and then the pilot for The Strain for FX.”
And speaking of The Strain, MTV also caught up with del Toro recently to discuss the vampire TV series, which is based on del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s own graphic novel trilogy. Del Toro gave an update on when he plans to start production on the series, and also gives an insight into the design and how it will look. Read on:
“We’re planning to shoot the pilot in August. Pacific Rim comes out in July. Right after Pacific Rim we go into pilot shooting. We are already prepping the pilot starting next week. The pilot has been approved so it’s green-lit. It’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when. Our expectations are for FX to move ahead with the series next fall and winter and for the series to air in 2014.”
“Basically I’m trying to do what I do in my movies, which is to show it as a reality, but as a reality that is stylized. It’s not like ‘CSI’ or ‘The Wire’; it’s real, but it feels a little stylized. But the way the camera work will be is very realistic. We want to keep the camera very documentary even if the look of the show is not. The look of the show is very designed. The style of the camera and the storytelling will be very loose. It will evolve from that feel of reality, and little by little we want to evolve into a more stylish, horror feel that requires smoother camera moves, more suspense and atmosphere-driven moments so it will be a mixture. I don’t think that mixture has been seen a lot on TV.”
“These are very scary vampires,” Cuse told Variety. “These are not romantic vampires. They will give you nightmares.”
Synopsis for the books (courtesy of Amazon)
A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously ‘goes dark’, stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it soon becomes clear that everyone on board is dead — although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange occurrence before panic spreads. The first thing they discover is that four of the victims are actually still alive. But that’s the only good news. And when all two hundred corpses disappear from various morgues around the city on the same night, things very rapidly get worse. Soon Eph and a small band of helpers will find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the whole city, against an ancient threat to humanity.
And finally, in an interview with MTV Geek, del Toro addressed the recent rumours that he is toying with the idea of directing an alternative Justice League movie, the one with the supernatural heroes currently known as Heaven Sent. Warners lawyers have apparently been working overtime to secure the rights to characters such as Swamp Thing, Deadman, The Spectre, Phantom Stranger, John Constantine, Zatanna, Zatara and Sargon, as well as Etrigan the Demon.
Del Toro was also at one point rumoured to be involved with Warners’ Justice League movie, but he states that is not true, but also states that he is discussing Heaven Sent, or is at least thinking about it:
“When somebody asked me about Justice League…I’m not involved in Justice League. I am discussing… I’ve been discussing with the fans and I’ve been very, very open about how much Swamp Thing was key when I was a kid.
“Comics in Mexico came on the first two days of the week. Around Tuesday and Wednesday I would go to the newsstand on my bicycle and I would get Swamp Thing every time it was available and I loved Jack Kirby’s Demon. I love Constantine and all that.
You know, I’ve been pursuing doing something with them for many, many years. Hopefully it’ll come to pass. But we are still just discussing.”
(Sources: Collider, MTV, ,TV Geek)
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