If you’ve read The Strain, the vampire novel from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, in book or comic book form, you know the story is pretty intense. Maybe too intense for regular television, which is why FX is interested in the story for a cable television series.
Remember when Ron Perlman donned the Hellboy makeup and costume to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation? Of course you do, we still have tears in our eyes. Turns out, that little moment moved director Guillermo del Toro to reconsider his No More Hellboy Movies stance.
Acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan bring their New York Times best-selling series of novels, the Strain Trilogy, to Dark Horse Comics with an ongoing adventure that takes a terrifying spin on the vampire genre.
When the Kaiju rise, who will fight for humanity? That was the pitch at the San Diego Comic Con when Guillermo del Toro announced Pacific Rim. It’s been a year, and now we get an official synopsis from the studio.
Variety is reporting that Guillermo Del Toro will co-direct his first animated feature with Mark Gustafson. The duo will be taking on Pinocchio in a pre-WWII setting.
Sad news for Lovecraft fans who were anticipating an awesome take on H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness by Guillermo del Toro. Sadly, the movie will not be, as Universal passed on the project. GdT cites the hard R rating for the canceling of the project. What is really surprising is that Universal thought they could do an adaptation of Lovecraft’s work that is clearly in the hard horror genre.
Del Toro is now moving on to Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim “a PG-13 movie, involving monsters and the creation of a new world.”
“We started developing PAC RIM a while ago with the mad passion and enthusiasm of a project unwatched and unchecked by politics or comparisons. We designed and shepherded the movie we want to make. We start shooting in September and we hit the ground running because we are so in sync. My partnership with Legendary represents, both in scale and creative demands, a huge step forward for me.”
Boo. Boo, I say.
Many were excited over the news that ABC was in the process of bringing The Hulk back to television in an all new series. The hot rumor this morning might get more people interested in seeing the series as Deadline is reporting that Guillermo Del Toro and David Eick are working on the project together.
While we won’t know the details of the television series just yet, there are already hints of what we might see:
- The series will be an origin story
- Banner will be in his mid-twenties (because all super scientists are 25 years old)
- The Hulk will not be CGI only creation, but a mixture of prosthetics, puppetry and CGI.
- Del Toro and Eick are sharing scripting duties for the pilot.
- Del Toro may direct the pilot if he isn’t too busy with other things.
Even though it seems movies get greenlit and go through the production process very quickly, the television series is too early in production for the show to air next fall, but possibly in the fall of 2012 after The Avengers movie is released.
Yesterday, Guillermo del Toro and Troy Nixey sat down with fans to discuss Miramax Films’ Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. The studio sent us some of the photos from the event.
I’m really surprised Disney is going back to the Haunted Mansion well after Eddie Murphy got his hands on it, but it looks like Disney is willing to give the property another go at the box office with the announcement that Guillermo del Toro will direct develop The Haunted Mansion for the House of Mouse.
“Dark imagery is an integral part of the Walt Disney legacy. After all, Disney himself was the father of some really chilling moments and characters – think Chernabog from Fantasia or Maleficent as the Dragon or the Evil Queen in Snow White,” said del Toro. “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of my own adaptation of the original theme park attraction Walt envisioned and that remains- for me- the most desirable piece of real estate in the whole world!”
With his unique style, del Toro should bring a whole new look and feel to the Disney ride turned movie franchise. I wonder how his unique vision will work in a New Orleans setting, though? Kind of sucks to be The Hobbit right now…
UPDATE: In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, del Toro said he was only developing the project with Disney and will co-write the script, but whether or not he will direct will be determined at a later day.
It was bound to happen sooner or later – Guillermo Del Toro is exiting the director’s chair of The Hobbit for greener pastures. Actually, the big reason for Del Toro for leaving is the continued financial problems MGM is having, which is holding up the entire green light signal for the film. Start dates continue to be pushed back, which forced Del Toro to honor other commitments he’s made to other studios.
“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming “The Hobbit,” I am faced with the hardest decision of my life”, says Guillermo. “After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wlsh the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director”.
With this news, does this mean that Peter Jackson will step up to the plate and direct this two parter, or will that job go to someone else. It’s really sad that MGM is in the financial debacle it is now, as it is totally screwing with so many films and franchises at the moment. Having seen many of Del Toro’s fantasy filled films, I’m not sure I would have liked his look dropped on to the film.
We’ve covered the delays and MGM problems that have delayed this film, and once again I wonder if this film will ever get made.
The Walt Disney Studios, in collaboration with acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (â€œPanâ€™s Labyrinth,â€ â€œThe Hobbitâ€), is launching a new production label called Disney Double Dare You, to create new animated films full of chills and thrills for audiences of all ages, it was announced today at the D23 Expo by Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.Â All films will be produced under the guidance of del Toro, who originated the concept and the design of DDY and who will also direct certain projects. The first project in development for the new label is called â€œTrollhunters,â€ an original del Toro story which he will produce.