Did Guillermo del Toro clone himself? His ever-growing list of projects seems like too much work for one man.
Hot on the heals of news about The Strain, Pacific Rim, Frankenstein, and The Haunted Mansion, Deadline announced del Toro has a new project in the works and it sounds awesome. He’ll be directing Crimson Peak, a homage to the classic ghost stories of his youth with a modern update. He hopes to honor the “grand dames” of classic haunted tales.
“To me that is Robert Wise’s The Haunting, which was a big movie, beautifully directed, with the house built magnificently. And the other grand daddy is Jack Clayton’s The Innocents. I’ve always tried to make big-sized horror movies like the ones I grew up watching,” del Toro told Deadline. “Films like The Omen, The Exorcist and The Shining, the latter of which is another Mount Everest of the haunted house movie. I loved the way that Kubrick had such control over the big sets he used, and how much big production value there was. I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback.”
The director said this project has been a long-time in the making, it was the first thing he wrote after Pan’s Labyrinth, and he originally planned to work with Universal on the film. He will work on a rewrite of his original script with Lucinda Coxon and Legendary will produce the film. It’s set for an early 2014 production start.
For the Lovecraft fans out there, all hope is not lost for At The Mountains Of Madness. Del Toro said he’s hoping that after this project is complete, Legendary will take up the banner.