Guillermo del Toro Might Next Tackle Haunted House Movie (Different Than Prior Haunted House Movie He Was Doing)

December 4, 2012


The ever-growing list of things Guillermo del Toro is, was, or may at some point be doing has expanded again.

According to Deadline, the frequently-committed director is now committed to directing something called Crimson Peak, and will supposedly make that his next film, shooting it right after doing the Pacific Rim press tour and FX's The Strain pilot.

Despite the "A New Thriller from Tom Clancy"-ness of the title, the film sounds like it fits snugly in the eye-socket of del Toro's palm, with the director describing it as "a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story." Something of an antithesis to the small, cheap, found-footage horror films that have come to dominate the market, Crimson Peak will, according to del Toro, be big and actually interesting to look at, following in the tradition of so-called "grand dames" of the genre like The Innocents, The Shining, and The Haunting (the original, not the one with Owen Wilson).

As you perhaps recall, del Toro was (is?) meant to similarly direct a scarier, less Eddie Murphied version of The Haunted Mansion, and also has a stop-motion Pinocchio, a diorama-based crime pilot, a new Incredible Hulk series, Hellboy 3, an adaptation of Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, and a Frankenstein at various stages of development. The fate and/or timeline for most of these projects isn't entirely clear, but on the subject of Mountains, he says that despite Universal's hesitance to spend $150 million on an R-rated horror film, he's still hoping to do that "down the line." Probably after he signs up for a few more things about haunted houses, powerful monsters, and/or living effigies.

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