Guillermo del Toro Talks ‘Pacific Rim’, Sequel Plans and ‘Crimson Peak’

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Crimson Peak

Guillermo del Toro Crimson Peak Guillermo del Toro Talks Pacific Rim, Sequel Plans and Crimson Peak

While Pacific Rim is something del Toro has been putting together over the past couple years, Crimson Peak is based on a spec he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins (Mimic, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) shortly after finishing Pan’s Labyrinth back in 2006.

Story details remain under-wraps for the time being, though the project has lined up Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Charlie Hunnam (who stars in Pacific Rim) playing the leads.

Here’s what del Toro offered Total Film, when pressed for information:

“It’s the turn of the century. So it’s at the turn of the century and half of the movie takes place in America, and the other half takes place in a crumbling mansion in Cumbria [in England]. And basically it’s a ghost story and gothic romance, trying to subvert the rules of the usual gothic romance.

“It’s very much… the first half is a love story, then that love story turns darker. And it’s at the same time a ghost story… It’s sort of a very compelling version of the classic gothic romance, where you have the spookiness and the windswept landscape that dooms the characters, you know?”

Emma Stone for Crimson Peak 1 Guillermo del Toro Talks Pacific Rim, Sequel Plans and Crimson Peak

Emma Stone is headed to ‘Crimson Peak’

The filmmaker is currently reworking the script with playwright Lucinda Clarkson, which comes as welcome news – seeing how, sorry to say, del Toro’s previous two collaborations with Robbins are generally considered the weakest entries on his resume (and not just for reasons of creative control problems and inexperienced directors using their scripts).

If all goes according to plan, Crimson Peak has the makings of something special, based on these latest comments and what del Toro has said in the past:

“… 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.”

More on Crimson Peak as the story develops.

Source: Total Film

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  1. I really hope “Pacific Rim” does well, i’d like Del Toro to have more success. He deserves it more than most.

    Get those kiddie Pacific Rim lunchboxes on the shelves!!! With a high concept film with such a big budget they REALLY need to take advantage of toys and merchandising. I mean giant robots are a must for kids to play with. A sequel is more likely to be greenlit if it has a successful toy line, comic, video game or animated show to go with it.

    • seriously if the movie is the meat then the merchandising is the rest of the meal and that picture on page one would make an excellent side pic for a lunchbox…

      • It sure would.

  2. Memo, we know you love Shadow of the Colossus man but at least be subtle about it.

    • The Avengers is a geek movie made by/for geeks and it was one of the most profitable movies ever made

  3. I can’t wait for this movie!!!

  4. I’m intrested in seeing some Giant Monsters get their butt kicked by Giant Robots, it should be fun.

  5. I hope this movie is as good as it looks and does well. I think it’s funny movies that don’t even exist are getting more hype then Pacific Rim.

  6. How or why did he become intrested in film? Does any one know?

  7. Pacific Rim did 400M worldwide including 100M in China making a sequel a no brainer.