Today Guillermo del Toro took part in a press day to promote the YouTube Space House of Horrors that he’s been involved with for the past few months. In that experiment, YouTube creators had the opportunity to create original videos on terrifying cinematic sets inspired by del Toro at YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and New York, as part of a special global programming event. Those videos will start airing between now and Halloween.
I was unable to make it down to the event today, but I’ll be heading down to the YouTube space later this week and will come back with a full write-up. It’s pretty cool since del Toro is helping to select the winner, who will get a development deal with Legendary Pictures. The sets they have built to shoot this stuff on are also truly astounding and we’ll have some pics for you in that story later this week. In the meantime, I spoke to del Toro briefly about the look of his next film Crimson Peak and got a small update on the status of Pacific Rim 2 and Pacific Rim 3. Hit the jump for more.
For those who don’t know, Crimson Peak marks del Toro’s return to horror and stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam and will be released by Legendary and Universal in October, 2015. It’s also something of a gothic romance.
Where are you in post for Crimson Peak and how are you feeling about it?
We finished a first assembly. It was still very early on the effects, about 20%. Then we did another set of revisions based on what I learned in that screening. And in the next month or so we are going to start getting into the final form and will deliver the movie around the end of January or beginning of February. And then the movie opens seven months later in October.
Aesthetically would you say it’s different than what you’ve done before? I’m hearing so many things about the look of the film.
I tried to make it painterly. I tried to make it so that the set design, wardrobe design and cinematography felt of a piece. But at the same time, very modern looking. I keep joking that it’s Technicolor “in camera” because the lights and color palette and the wardrobe and the sets allowed me to achieve a very color saturated look that feels very much like Technicolor gothic. But at the same time we’re using a very classical gothic romance structure that I think visually is very bold and very refined and carefully designed, but it’s all part of the storytelling of a very classical genre.
Yeah I’m working with Zak Penn on the screenplays and with Travis Beacham and we’re slowly going bit by bit. I don’t think we’ll have a working screenplay until March or April and then by May or June we start pre-production to shoot at the end of the year.
For more on Crimson Peak go here or hot up the following links:
- Jessica Chastain Talks MISS JULIE, Director Liv Ullman, What Al Pacino Taught Her Making SALOME, and Her Reaction After Watching CRIMSON PEAK
- Watch: Guillermo del Toro Leads Personal Tour of CRIMSON PEAK “Gothic Gallery” and Reveals First Logo at Comic-Con
- Over 35 Things to Know About CRIMSON PEAK From Our On-Set Interview with Guillermo del Toro
- Guillermo del Toro Talks CRIMSON PEAK, Building a Massive 3-Story House, Crafting a “Kinky and Violent” Gothic Romance, Creating Ghosts, and More on Set
For more on Pacific Rim 2 go here or check out the below:
- Guillermo Del Toro Planning for PACIFIC RIM 3; Aiming to Begin Production on PACIFIC RIM 2 in Late 2015
- Guillermo del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM 2, New Characters in the Sequel, and His Schedule, Plus New Developments on AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS