Does Guillermo Del Toro Plan to Escape with THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO?

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Yesterday at the Saturn Awards, we got the chance to talk with Guillermo del Toro backstage for more than 20 minutes. Among the many topics discussed, del Toro was inevitably asked what his next project would be. Del Toro said he has three finished scripts that he is deciding between for his next film. Del Toro said “If the one that I think will happen happens, it’s something that started fifteen years ago. I wanted to do it fifteen years ago. We started. We couldn’t do it. It went completely in a beautiful roundabout way and came back to me.” When asked if we would recognize the project when we hear about it, del Toro replied “Oh yes, yes, yes, trust me. And those are projects that are really great associations, world creation projects. Big projects.” After much research, I’m willing to speculate that of his three possible projects, the one he spoke so passionately about is his adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo! Keep reading for more information.

In a 2009 interview with MTV, del Toro spoke about his gothic-western take on the novel. Just as he said last night that he started work on the project fifteen years ago, del Toro said in the interview “I co-wrote it with [Kitt Carson] and Matthew Robbins around 1993 to 1998”. In our interview last night del Toro assured us that the project was one that people would recognize and called it a “world creation” project. An adaptation of Dumas’ novel would certainly fit the bill given its international name recognition and that it is the product of a French (“world creation”) author.

The last reason why I think del Toro’s adaption of Monte Cristo, which has been given the working title The Left Hand of Darkness could be his next project is that it is a film that would gather immense studio interest. After the success of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes and with Paul Anderson’s upcoming Three Musketeers film, Monte Cristo seemed like the next classic novel in line to be adapted. Studios seem very interested in making these updates on classic books and given all the other factors, I’d be comfortable to say that del Toro’s fifteen year project is the tale of Edmond Dantes’ escape from false imprisonment and quest for revenge.

Make sure to comment what you think about the possibility of del Toro helming Monte Cristo next. What else do you think he could be considering to direct?

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  • MonsterKilledThePilot

    You may be right on this one.

  • Billywhiteshoesjohnson

    We already have a perfect The Count of Monte Cristo movie about 8 years ago. We don't need another.

  • loudsss

    no doubt, it was a good movie. but if del toro actually makes a something that follows the book it would blow that one out of the water.

  • junierizzle

    I never read the book so I'm not exactly thrilled by this choice (if it ends up being it).
    But I'm in for whatever GDT does.

    I'm hoping for something original like PAN'S LAB.

  • Madnezz-

    Yeah, the most recent Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite films, and althought i love Guillermo, i'm not sure if we need another one… But, I could definatly be wrong on this, lets hope i am!

  • zow

    so read the book…

  • Trick

    out of the water????
    caviezal and ritchie coming back for an encore?
    bringing sir richard harris back for one last role?
    replacing the leading lady?
    now you got yourself a movie..

  • Genre Addict

    I agree completely. That was the definitive version of it in my book and though I have no doubt del toro can make a great one, there's no point as there already is a great one.

  • The_jovitt2

    Don't really think he'll do.. once I heard an interview where he said that he'd never direct any movie without any monster or fantastic element in it. Think about it: Cronos, Blade II – vampires, devil's backbone -ghosts, hellboy -well, every single character, pan's labyrinth… and all his upcoming projects deal with something fantastic or just supernatural. I just believe MonteCristo isn't really del Toro's style.

  • Bill Graham

    Nice research. I dunno. I liked the one with Caviziel. Do we need an update already? He is the only reason it might be something a bit more interesting. Wonder who owns the rights to the property… cuz it has to be public domain.

  • loudsss

    You have a point. The book has so much more though in terms of character and plot, though. If Guillermo wanted to, he could easily flesh out three separate films from it.

  • Cyberdyne

    The Left Hand of Darkness? I can't see what a feminist science fiction novel has to do with The Count of Monte Cristo. Intriguing…..

  • darnell

    Zzzzz… why on earth would we need another 'Count — it hasn't even been 10 years! The Caviezel version was perfectly fine, and most people really enjoyed it. I wish these hacks would stop insulting us. They could've spent the last 8 years fleshing out something original rather than trying to wait 'til we forgot about 2002.

  • WyldeMan45

    I honestly will see anything that GDT does, so Monte Cristo, Frankenstein, Hellboy 3, a remake of Sixteen Candles, I don't care what it is, I will see it.

  • Nickula11

    Ritchie? Pearce?

  • MonsterKilledThePilot

    It could also be Jekyll and Hyde.

  • Leebrandt33

    I really hope you are wrong.

  • Guest

    You do realize that we already have an excellent recent version of the story starring Caviziel and Pierce, right?

  • Kolchak

    Just finished reading the original Del Toro script today, amazing stuff. Blends in themes from Dante’s Inferno & links them with a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo in a Gothic western setting taking place during the Mexican Revolution. Adding a twist, a bad-ass mechanical golden hand with one purpose; death… & revenge… yes, ok, that’s two purposes so get over it, it’s still really freaking cool…
    If this movie ever gets made & the original script isn’t screwed with, it will be brilliant, some of his best work IMAO! Anxious to see the golden hand in action.
    btw, just google the “title of the script”.pdf + the writers name & you’ll find it easily.
    & u be the judge

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