Guillermo del Toro is forever announcing new projects, be it directing, writing or producing. His new Vampire themed TV series is just around the corner, his haunted house horror Crimson Peak is in post-production,and recently it was confirmed that he will write and direct Pacific Rim 2.
The sequel to his monster smash is due for release on April 7th 2017, and pre-production is set to begin next month. Del Toro has written Pacific Rim 2 with Zak Penn, but part way through pre-production Del Toro is set to make a new, and much smaller film which sounds like a throwback to his smaller films like Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone. Collider caught up with Del Toro, who explained:
“Right away, in February/March I should [start on] another very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre before starting—we start pre-production on Pacific Rim 2 in August, and then I interrupt it briefly to go into the first of next year to do this strange little movie, and then I restart it and go all the way until we start shooting Pacific Rim 2 at the end of 2015 for release in 2017.”
Del Toro would not reveal any details about the film, apart from teasing the following: “There’s one great creature in it.”
He also revealed a some possible casting for the film:
“It’s a very small cast. I would love to have John Hurt, and there’s an actress that I have in mind that is not well-known but I’ve seen her in a short film. That’s all she’s really done, one feature and one short, but she has an incredibly interesting taste and I’m gonna try her out for the main role.”
Finally, Del Toro revealed that the film did have a title, but he would not reveal it just yet:
“It does [have a title], but I find—I’d rather do the projects and then show them to people than talk about them. I think that it’s going to be a nice thing for people to know which one is it and where it came from when it’s a reality.”
While I love Del Toro’s big budget affairs like Pacific Rim and Hellboy, I do adore his smaller films like The Devil’s Backbone, and even Pan’s Labyrinth was a relatively small film. Del Toro is a master of his craft, and has incredible imagination, and he can do wonderful things on a smaller scale, so count me extremely excited about this new project.