Guillermo del Toro may not be directing Pacific Rim 2 anymore, but he’s already got an intriguing new project lined up. Per THR, Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer is in negotiations to star in an untitled supernatural Cold War film that del Toro is writing, producing, and directing for Fox Searchlight. Details are being kept under wraps, but the movie is described as “a mysterious and magical journey set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963 with an otherworldly love story at the center of it.”
Del Toro was deep in development on Pacific Rim 2 when Universal Pictures started to get cold feet. The studio’s indecisiveness was read as either cancelling the film or postponing it, with the picture’s 2017 release date pulled from the slate last fall. Del Toro remained confident in the project, however, and a positive update came last month when we learned that Spartacus and Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight was signing on to direct.
But where did that leave del Toro? The filmmaker subsequently entered talks to helm Fox’s long-developing Fantastic Voyage remake produced by James Cameron, but before he dives back into blockbuster filmmaking, it appears that del Toro has another character drama to tackle first, and it’s the “secret Fox Searchlight indie” project that he was linked to last year.
Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in The Help and despite solid supporting turns in films like Snowpiercer, it’s a crime that she hasn’t been in more features since, so it’s great to see that she’ll be working with a filmmaker like del Toro. Production on this untitled venture is aiming to get underway this summer, so this project is coming together rather quickly.
Del Toro is just coming off his twist on the gothic romance genre Crimson Peak, which suffered a bit of a bad wrap from folks expecting a straight-up horror film. In reality, del Toro crafted a lush, loving ode to the gothic romance genre as a whole with a bit of a signature twist. While I like seeing del Toro smashing up robots as much as anyone, I’ll admit I’m a bit happier to see him tackling something more character-centric here, and I look forward to seeing his take on the Cold War era.
News: I will shoot a new film in August in Toronto. Jul-Nov, LACMA will have an exhibition of my movie stuff + 500 pieces from Bleak House.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) March 11, 2016