Guillermo del Toro To Direct ‘Crimson Peak’; Could ‘Mountains of Madness’ Happen?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am,

Nowadays, it’s difficult to keep track of what Guillermo del Toro is supposed to be directing next – since it seems to change every few months or so. However, for the time being, his next feature-length project is a haunted house movie called Crimson Peak, which del Toro will helm once he wraps post-production on Pacific Rim and shoots the pilot for FX’s The Strain (based on his own novel).

Legendary Pictures is backing Crimson Peak, having established a good working relationship with del Toro while collaborating on Pacific Rim. In fact, the filmmaker is now hopeful that Legendary could be willing to resurrect his defunct At the Mountains of Madness adaptation (which collapsed after Universal pulled the plug last year).

Here’s how del Toro described Crimson Peak to Deadline:

“[It's] 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.”

The first script draft for Crimson Peak was co-written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins, who previously worked with the filmmaker on the screenplays for Mimic and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Both of those titles are generally considered weaker installments in del Toro’s oeuvre; though, he’s long cited creative control issues on the former (and did not direct the latter).

As it were, the script for Crimson Peak is now getting a rewrite from del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (The Heart of Me, The Crimson Petal and the White), with the intention of crafting a story that pays proper homage to classic haunted house titles of yore – one that should be ready to begin production by early 2014.

To quote del Toro:

“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 [Crimson Peak] to feel like a throwback.”

Meanwhile, del Toro has yet to fully abandon his dream of realizing H.P. Lovecraft’s sci-fi/horror tale At the Mountains of Madness on the big screen. The filmmaker seemed less confident earlier this year, when he speculated that the project might never see the light of day because of its similarities to Prometheus. However, he’s now adapted a more optimistic outlook, after his experience making Pacific Rim.

Here is what del Toro said, about the possibility of Legendary funding Mountains of Madness:

“They love it, but we just finished Pacific Rim. They want to let that film happen [it opens July 12] 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.”

Bear in mind, del Toro’s also involved with writing on the upcoming 3D stop-motion Pinocchio movie and Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson attached to star (which he could feasibly direct); not to mention, the filmmaker hasn’t given up on making Hellboy 3 just yet, either. Hence, you shouldn’t count on Mountains of Madness being resurrected anytime soon. All the same, we will keep you updated on all del Toro-related reports as they come our way.

In the meantime, you can catch Pacific Rim in 3D next year on July 12th, 2013.


Source: Deadline

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  1. For some reason, I picture del Toro at home staring at his bedroom wall, covered with newspaper and magazine clippings of all the movies his name has been associated with…

    • …and giggling about it.

  2. I know a guy that went to Guillermo Del Toro’s house, and he said he has a separate house where he just does his writing and thinking, and it full of Goya paintings and monster models. And he has glass ceiling with a sprinkler system on top because he does his best thinking when it’s raining.

    • It’s true, there’s a virtual tour of that house in the dvd extras for Cronos or one of his other movies.

  3. this news is at least a year old. no mention in the article about Disney, who will be releasing this film. It’s basically a reboot of the terrible Eddie Murphy “Haunted House” movie (loosely based on the ride). Disney wants a repeat of the success of the “pirates” franchise. Del Toro said his will be more faithful to the mythology of the ride and will be atmospheric and scary

  4. I would love to see him take a crack at Mountains of Madness… He is really the only guy I can see making it work… I would love to see them make it a period film as well rather than change it to modern day.

  5. I want a Hellboy 3 more than anything. I’m not that excited about Pacific Rim but I’ll be seeing it regardless since Guillermo is such a talented director.

    • He’s a director, although not particulary talented. He just appeals to the comic and horror fanboys, because that is primarily what he does. I have seen many of his movies, although I have little interest in seeing them again, and I certainly wouldn’t own them.

      • Cool story bro.

    • Hellbpy 3 all the way,yes ! Thats the one thing I really want to see him doing next,and resurrect the Hellboy Animated Series !

      The only downside is,all his Movies are not good at the Boxoffice,so I really do not think are gonna see him be able to do his dream projects !
      Sadly !

  6. Del Toro, do it: At The Mountains of Madness! But I would even more like to see you do The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, also a Lovecraft vehicle! The story is excellent!~

  7. The screencap looked like a screenshot from a sitcom called “Voldemort and Me”

  8. I’m really pulling for Mountains to be made, it’s one of my fave stories of all time. Hell, if possible, I’d put myself forward as an extra for the early part of the movie if possible just to be a part of it.

  9. Del Toro has incredibly good taste in horror movies.