Guillermo Del Toro has to be one of the busiest directors in the movie world right now. Almost weekly a new project as writer or producer is being announced. Pacific Rim is due for release in July, and for more on that truly awesome looking film you had better click here now, and he will also be directing the pilot episode for Vampire TV series The Strain. With a number of other projects in the works, you’d find it hard to believe he had the time for anything else! But he does, and today he has announced what his next film as director will be. The good news folks: Guillermo Del Toro is returning to that wonderful dark and stripped back horror of films like The Devil’s Backbone and Cronos!
Deadline is reporting that Del Toro’s next film will be Crimson Peak, a haunted house horror in the vein of such classics as The Shining, The Innocents and Robert Wise’s The Haunting, with the director also naming The Exorcist and The Omen as influences for his new horror tale. Del Toro wrote the script himself with frequent collaborator Matthew Robins, and secretly sold the story to Universal a few years ago.
Del Toro described Crimson Peak to Deadline as “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.”
When Del Toro originally sold the story to Universal, he was planning on the film being his next directorial project, until a certain Hellboy 2: The Golden Army came along, and then the director spent a further five years writing and producing countless films before starting work on his giant monsters vs giant robots epic, Pacific Rim. Turns out making Pacific Rim for Legendary and Warner Brothers has been a career high for Del Toro, with the genius director being given free reign to do what he wanted. Judging by the viral campaign kicking off for Pacific Rim, that free reign has worked well.
However, being allowed to do what he wanted has given Del Toro a new passion in getting his old project, Crimson Peak, off the ground again:
“It was the first one I wrote afterPan’s Labyrinth, and I sold it to Donna Langley at Universal,” he said. “She loved it, I was going to direct it, and thenHellboy II happened, and then I was off to New Zealand for The Hobbit. Donna suggested I move aside and produce it. It went out to directors, but I didn’t quite like anyone for it. Finally I went through the experience of Pacific Rim with Warner Bros and Legendary, and it was the best experience I have ever had making a movie, period.
I had a really good working relationship with Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, and they asked what I wanted to do next. I sent them At The Mountains Of Madness, I sent them [The Count Of] Monte Cristo, another project I’ve tried to do for 20 years. I also sent Crimson Peak, but didn’t expect a reaction because it’s not a typical Legendary movie. Much to my surprise, Thomas Tull called 9:30 at night on the day I sent it and said, ‘I don’t know how it ends, but I am on page 45 and I love it.’ Next day, Jon Jashni called and said we think it’s the best project for us, just the right size.”
Del Toro will work on a rewrite of Crimson Peak with Lucinda Coxon, and with Legendary working again with Del Toro on this new horror, production is expected to begin in early 2014.
As for Del Toro’s passion project, At the Mountains of Madness, the director is still holding a candle for it. Based on the HP Lovecraft stort, Del Toro still has hopes that he can get this massive project off the ground. Just over a year ago, Universal were behind the film, with Tom Cruise starring and James Cameron onboard as 3D supervisor and producer. Universal since got cold feet, and once again the project collapsed. However, Del Toro remains optimistic, and no doubt the massive success of Pacific Rim will boost the directors chances of getting it made.
Del Toro hopes that maybe Legendary might get behind At the Mountains of Madness: “They love it, but we just finished Pacific Rim,” he said. “They want to let that film happen, and then my hope is, down the line we can do it. People ask how do i choose projects. All the projects in my roster are there because I love them, but the financing process is serendipity. And often, the ones I think will happen don’t, and the ones I think won’t happen, do.”
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