Interview: Guillermo del Toro Talks Upcoming Projects

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:35 pm,

Guillermo del Toro appears to be attached to just about every movie project lately, if you just read news headlines. We caught up with the legendary filmmaker at the Chicago International Film Festival and asked him to clarify his upcoming slate of projects.

While we had only a few moments with del Toro, we managed to fit a handful of titles either rumored or in development into one question. The red carpet managers were in a hustle to get him to the Cinema Of The Americas Tribute in which he was honored tonight.

Naturally, with any extremely busy filmmaker, rumors swirl through the movie blogosphere. We got del Toro’s answers on camera, so check out the video below to watch him give the project rundown. Below the video is further explanation and analysis.

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Del Toro might have a lot on his plate, but two projects seem to be moving along quite well: Haunted Mansion and At the Mountains of Madness. The latter sounds absolutely amazing, especially as a vision from del Toro. Of course, it will be also nice to see him dip into horror with Haunted Mansion.

The most amazing aspect of del Toro’s answer is his completely realized timetable for Mountains of Madness. If [and when] Universal gives him the go-ahead on his concept, del Toro plans to get the entire production rolling by next summer. Considering the waiting period for this project, it’s a pleasure to see it moving at all.

“Right now the things that are more active are Haunted Mansion – I delivered an outline to Disney. We started screenplay. We are doing designs. At the Mountains of Madness – we opened offices. We are budgeting. We are designing for the last five weeks. We have a group of designers, producers and we are presenting the movie to Universal Studios in 2 weeks, hopefully getting the greenlight.  If that happens, we will shoot in June next year.”

Of the many rumored projects Guillermo del Toro is working on, a Wizard of Oz prequel came into the fray. It’s hard to understand where this rumor was started in the first place, but it can finally be put to bed thanks to the visionary director’s very succinct answer.

“No, I’m not involved. Never been involved.”

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Just the other day, it was rumored that del Toro might direct the upcoming Godzilla reboot from Legendary Pictures. As it turned out, the misunderstanding came from del Toro’s rave over Travis Beacham’s script for Pacific Rim. The two have similar archetypes, but are completely unrelated.

We asked the director to clear up any further confusion by revisiting the rumor on camera. As enticing as it sounds, Guillermo del Toro is definitely not helping Legendary Pictures bring Godzilla back.

“I’ve never been involved in Godzilla. I’ve read and liked Pacific Rim a lot. I’ve read it because I’ve met [writer] Travis Beacham way before and I loved his writing and I loved his world creation. But it was definitely more rumor than anything else. I never laid eyes– I know Legendary’s keeping Godzilla and Pacific Rim completely separate.”

Guillermo del Toro was honored by the Chicago International Film Festival and introduced by his Hellboy star Ron Perlman. Del Toro’s international acclaim and endless ability to merge blockbuster entertainment with the dark, fantasy genre made him the right choice for this special award. A proud Mexican, del Toro has brought his own personal heritage into films that engage audiences around the world.

“I come from a culture that doesn’t believe that there is ghosts and monsters and then there is real life. We really believe that ghosts share and break bread with — and are a foot away — so, my movies show the possibility of real life and every real possibility of the impossible.”

Del Toro’s passion for movies and filmmaking bleeds through his desire to focus on each red carpet interview. Any time the managers tried to shuffle him to the next press member, he would not budge until he had fully answered the one before.

One of the reasons fans love his films so passionately is because of the dedication he puts in on the other side. It shows with every intricate detail of the worlds he creates and Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming projects will only enhance his status as one of the great minds of today.

“All I know is that the movies I do, I do for one reason – because no one else is doing them.”

It’s exciting to know Guillermo del Toro films will almost always be in development. But what we didn’t hear tonight is still of interest. His four-picture deal with Universal Studios also includes  a Frankenstein remake, an adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Drood. If all of these films get made, the future is bright for del Toro fans.

I would like to say that he might get going on his Frankenstein soon, but his 2011 schedule seems mighty busy. If the project was moving along at all, he surely would have mentioned it tonight. Of all the potential films, Frankenstein is the one that would be most intriguing from the mind of Guillermo del Toro.

What projects are you most looking forward to from the director?

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  1. I’m pretty disapponted that del Toro isn’t attached to Godzilla. That would have been sweet. Too bad. Anyway, I can’t wait for ‘At The Mountains of Madness’.

    • I’m kinda glad, even tho I like Del Toro I dont think he would do the remake justice after the 98 film, maybe if we didnt have the 98 I would like the pairing better. But other than that, sounds good, cant wait for these movies.

  2. ok what about don’t be afraid of the dark”

    • lucie,

      “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark” is already in the can, so to speak. It’s just waiting to be released.


  3. Won’t that be five films at Universal if you include Mountains. Last I heard Pacific Rim and Godzilla could be combined, but Del Toro said there separate. Does he know for a fact there are 2 movies or has he not heard the news of them possibly combining.

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  5. That lady in the back ground looks pissed.

    • She was. But so was I since I was supposed to get 5 minutes with both GDT and Ron Perlman, but she didn’t do her job before, leaving me with only time for one question. I kept my cool, but wasn’t gonna let GDT go until she dragged him away. GDT was so cool about it, though. He could have just walked away.

      • I see. you did a good job regardless.

  6. Special Thanks to Joe Trebat (@VincentiFilms) for filming del Toro with me.

  7. whats the difference between pacific rim and godzilla?

  8. Incredibly excited for the prospect of Frankenstein. I’ve heard that he wants Doug Jones to play the creature, and to have character designs by Bernie Wrightson. That would be a movie dream come true, for me.

    • I agree! A Del Toro’s Frankenstein would be awesome.

  9. the video isnt working

  10. Too bad Hellboy 3 isn’t one of the Universal pix.
    Oh well. Gimmie Frankie.

  11. The universal monster movies have been made and remade too many times imho, there had never been a really good HP lovecraft story adaptation, closest i suppose would be Mouth of madness that Carpenter did. Which to me was awesome, gave me nightmares when i was a kid, but seeing Del toro attached to the project, no news could make me happier.

  12. why didnt anyone ask guillermo del toro about his Pitch for the New ABC Hulk series!!

  13. I sure would like to see him round out the HELLBOY Trilogy especially before we get to where it gets harder tod o because teh actors are no longer able to do the part. I mean Ron Perlman is not getting younger and even though hes not in bad shape it does get harder to bounce back as you get older; I’m just saying..

  14. HellBoy would be awesome to see. I am still disappointed about the Hobbit -sigh- I’ll eventually get over that. Good catching up with him and getting a little bit of 1 on 1. Great article, Mike!

    • oops, sorry Mike–double post.

  15. HellBoy 3 would be awesome to see Del Toro get in on. I am still disappointed about the Hobbit -sigh- I’ll eventually get over that. Good catching up with him and getting a little bit of 1 on 1. Great article, Mike!

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