Site layout weird? Please refresh your cookies   |   Report a bug

Guillermo del Toro doing ghost story Crimson Peak next

10:00 AM on 12.05.2012

Even though Guillermo del Toro is finishing Pacific Rim and has to shoot a pilot for his vampire novel The Strain, he's already lined up his next project. It's not Heaven Sent (aka Justice League Dark), but the ghost story Crimson Peak. The film was originally written with Mimic co-writer Matthew Robbins and was set to be made for Universal in 2008. Del Toro is going to rewrite the screenplay with Lucinda Coxon and hopes to start production on Crimson Peak for Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures in early 2014.

Del Toro described Crimson Peak 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." He elaborated on the ghost story/haunted house genre:

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. 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.

Del Toro explains the shift from Universal to Legendary Pictures after the cut. I've also included the trailers for The Haunting (an adaptation of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House) and The Innocents (an adaptation of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw). If you're a fan of ghost/haunted house stories and haven't seen those two movies yet, you definitely need to.

[Via First Showing]

Del Toro said the following about Universal, Warner Bros./Legendary and Crimson Peak:

[Crimson Peak] was the first one I wrote after Pan's Labyrinth, and I sold it to Donna Langley at Universal. She loved it, I was going to direct it, and then Hellboy II happened, and then I was off to New Zealand for The Hobbit. Donna suggested I move aside and produce [Crimson Peak]. 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 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.

Maybe At the Mountains of Madness will be the right size next time. (A guy can hope.)

Get comment replies by email.     settings



Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our comment moderators

Can't see comments? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this. Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your security software's whitelist.


More Crimson Peak  updates:

news ( 7 ) galleries ( 6 ) videos ( 6 )

A return to horror for Guillermo Del Toro is probably some of the most exciting stuff going on this year and with this first trailer for Crimson Peak we can see he's back in form with stunningly creepy visuals. If the d...
It might be a little too early to call it, but I'm going for it. Judging by these few images of Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming Crimson Peak, it's going to be the greatest thing ever. A gothic horror film starring Jessica Chast...
Guillermo Del Toro is officially returning to horror as Crimson Peak, his upcoming haunted house film, has gotten an April 2015 release date. The movie has been collecting up a fantastic cast like Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom...
There really has not been any specific details’ regarding Guillermo del Toro’s next project from Legendary Pictures, Crimson Peak. The newest detail coming from Variety is that Benedict Cumberbatch is joining the ...
We have a couple new pics for Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim here. Nothing particularly glamorous, a pic and a piece of concept art, but you take your giant fighting robots where you can get 'em. What may be of more interes...
As a man who is forever working on at least a dozen different things, Guillermo Del Toro has already lined up his next directorial feature after this summer's Pacific Rim, a haunted house spooktackular titled Crimson Peak. In...








Back to Top