CRIMSON PEAK Comic-Con Panel Recap: Guillermo del Toro Reveals Promising First Footage from His Gothic Romance; Gauges Audience Interest in HELLBOY 3

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Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is a Comic-Con favorite.  Films like Hellboy and Pacific Rim went over extremely well at the massive convention in the past, and he’s also just an incredibly likeable guy—he loves movies, monsters, and has no filter when it comes to speaking on the Comic-Con stage.  However, at this year’s Legendary panel in Hall H, del Toro brought a very different kind of film that just may end up being a highlight of his oeuvre.  With the gothic romance horror pic Crimson Peak—which stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam—del Toro is aiming to meld the artful and more adult-geared tone of his Spanish-language films (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone) with the colorful and pop nature of his English-language features.

During the film’s Comic-Con panel, del Toro unveiled the first incredibly promising (not to mention gorgeous) footage from the pic and talked about his approach on this feature.  Additionally, del Toro took the opportunity to do an unofficial poll of the audience as to their interest in seeing Hellboy 3 and At the Mountains of Madness.  Read my full Crimson Peak Comic-Con panel recap after the jump.

Guillermo del Toro Doesn’t Think HELLBOY 3 Will Happen; Gives Rundown of What It Might Have Been

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Hellboy 3 is one of those projects that Guillermo del Toro fans just can’t let go of.  I don’t blame them.  To me, it’s an interesting property that is in many ways perfect for the filmmaker and I think he was just really finding his way into what the big screen version of it wanted to be (which is to say I think Hellboy 2 was at least twice as good as the original film).  But it doesn’t look like it’s in the cards. It’s an unfortunate status he’s hinted at for a while, that he feels there just wasn’t enough interest to justify the $150 million price tag the film would require.

Steve did an epic interview with del Toro earlier in the week that covered stuff like the Pacific Rim Animated Series At the Mountains of Madness, Crimson Peak and The Strain along with his new Black and White movie.  But today del Toro gave a taste of what Hellboy 3 might have been, despite that fact that it will (probably) never be. Hit the jump for more.

Exclusive: Guillermo del Toro Wants to Release PG-13 and Unrated Cuts of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS Simultaneously

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Guillermo del Toro is no stranger to developing multiple projects at once.  We just learned that he will be doing a small black and white film prior to shooting Pacific Rim 2 next year for an April 7, 2017 release date (not to mention the Pacific Rim animated series).  He’s also producing The Strain TV series, debuting on FX, and that’s just the stuff he’s openly talking about.

Well, that stuff and his long delayed dream project, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness.  Last week we learned that he was considering a toned-down PG-13 version of that film in order to get it made. While that’s still true, that doesn’t mean it will be the only version that’s out there.  He’s also considering shooting all the gore for a simultaneously released Unrated Cut.  In fact, that’s his preferred plan.  Hit the jump for more.

Guillermo del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM 2, New Characters in the Sequel, and His Schedule, Plus New Developments on AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS

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Guillermo del Toro’s always got a few projects bubbling in his cauldron, so it’s no surprise to find that a few of the more anticipated ones are in various stages of development.  We recently reported that he had been working on the Pacific Rim 2 script with Zak Penn, and would be returning to direct the sequel for an April 7, 2017 release date.  What’s more surprising is that his adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness is still a possibility, albeit a toned-down PG-13 version of what he originally had in mind.  That’s the price you pay for playing in the studio system.  Hit the jump for more on each film.

Guillermo del Toro to Next Direct Haunted House Story CRIMSON PEAK; Hopes to Make AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS with Legendary

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The release of Guillermo del Toro’s first directorial feature since 2008’s Hellboy II is still nearly 8 months away, but he’s already making a commitment for his post-Pacific Rim feature.  During a recent phone interview, del Toro told Steve that he had discussed a Pacific Rim sequel with the folks at Legendary but he was adamant about not making that follow-up his next film, noting that he wants to do something “in a different genre that’s not so big.”  That genre, it appears, is haunted house films, as del Toro is set to make the ghost story Crimson Peak his next movie.  Hit the jump for much more.

Guillermo del Toro Talks DR. STRANGE, Why Video Game Adaptations are So Difficult, and His Failed HALO Movie With D.B. Weiss

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As most of you know, I recently did an epic hour-long video interview with director Guillermo del Toro, and over the past two weeks I’ve been breaking it down into smaller segments. For today’s installment, del Toro talks about his rumored Dr. Strange movie with Neil Gaiman, how the 24/7 news cycle of the internet has changed the way projects get reported,  the length of time it really takes to get a movie made, how many projects he’s been developing have never leaked, his thoughts on what it will take to make a kick-ass video game adaptation and the inherent difficulty in transitioning to movie screens, and more.  In addition, for all you Halo fans, del Toro talks about the Halo movie he developed with D.B. Weiss, who is now very famous for HBO’s Game of Thrones.  Hit the jump for more.

Guillermo Del Toro Says PROMETHEUS Has Probably Nixed AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS

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It looks like the final nail has been hammered into Guillermo Del Toro‘s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft‘s novella At the Mountains of Madness.  Del Toro’s passion project came a hair away from getting the greenlight, but Universal pulled the plug over an unwillingness to pay a blockbuster price tag for an R-rated movie.  Del Toro moved on to direct the monster movie Pacific Rim (due out July 12, 2013), but there was always the hope that maybe ATMOM might live again.  But now the brilliant director has said Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus has taken the wind out of the project.

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Comic-Con 2011: The Visionaries Panel Recap – Guillermo del Toro and Jon Favreau Talk MAGIC KINGDOM, HAUNTED MANSION, COWBOYS & ALIENS, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, and Much More

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At last year’s Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly’s “The Visionaries” panel featured Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams waxing poetic on everything nerd. This year, Guillermo del Toro and Jon Favreau were present to have an earnest conversation between two directors about filmmaking. The topics of conversation ranged from Magic Kindom and Haunted Mansion, to Cowboys & Aliens and At the Mountains of Madness. Favreau even revealed that he has a cameo as a Thark in Andrew Stanton’s John Carter, a project which he previously developed. Hit the jump for my recap of The Visionaries panel.

Guillermo del Toro Confirms He’ll Direct PACIFIC RIM; Talks Future of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS

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This past Monday, we learned that Universal had passed on Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and there was much sadness in the movie geek world.  Del Toro has now given an interview to Deadline and confirmed that with At the Mountains of Madness in limbo, he’s moving on to direct the PG-13 monster movie Pacific Rim for Legendary Pictures and he hopes to start shooting by September for a summer 2013 release date.  But if you’re wondering what happened with Mountains, which charts an expedition to the Antarctic that uncovers terrible monsters, and where the adaptation goes from here, then hit the jump del Toro’s explanation.

Legendary Pictures Attempts to Lure Guillermo del Toro away from AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS to PACIFIC RIM – UPDATED

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Writer-director-producer Guillermo del Toro deserves better.  He’s one of the most imaginative and creative filmmakers working today and he hasn’t gotten behind a camera since 2008′s Hellboy II: The Golden Army.  He left The Hobbit last May because there was no start date in sight and now, as some kind of cruel cosmic joke, The Hobbit is starting production (now with Peter Jackson at the helm) and del Toro may be stuck in a false start on his new project, At the Mountains of Madness.  As Universal stalls on del Toro’s dream project, Deadline reports that Legendary Pictures his trying to get del Toro to direct the PG-13 monster movie Pacific Rim.

You may recall Pacific Rim as the movie that was rumored to be the Godzilla reboot, but turned out not be  a non-Godzilla affiliated monster movie.  Del Toro was offered the project back in October, but responded that he was not involved with Godzilla, a fact which didn’t preclude his participation in Pacific Rim since it’s not the Godzilla reboot (that film is being handled by Monsters director Gareth Edwards).  Hit the jump for more on this tale of two del Toro projects.

Update: Steve here. I’ve been told that Universal killed At the Mountains of Madness on Friday and del Toro is going to take on Pacific Rim as his next film.  I’m sure this will all be worked out over the next few days.  I’m just sad that one of my favorite filmmakers is having so many problems getting a film made.

Tom Cruise Confirmed to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS; Filming Begins in June [UPDATED]

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In September of last year, we reported that Guillermo del Toro wanted Tom Cruise to star in At the Mountains of Madness.  The film—which is based on the horror novella by H.P. Lovecraft and recounts a scientific expedition that uncovers ancient horrors dwelling in the mountains of Antarctica—has long been a passion project of del Toro’s and it looked like he was finally going to get it off the ground as a 3D film and with James Cameron attached as a producer.  Cruise had been circling the role as recently as last month and it looks like he’s finally on board.  Producer Don Murphy tells io9 that not only is Cruise attached to star, but filming is scheduled to begin in June.

Murphy also added that “the script is very close to the H.P. Lovecraft source material,” which I find puzzling.  Hit the jump for my thoughts on Cruise signing on and the difficulty in adapting Lovecraft’s story. [Update: The Playlist just tweeted that reps for Cruise say he's not yet confirmed for the film; Update 2: Hitfix has learned that Murphy was quoted indirectly.  The producer directly tells Hitfix, "no start date has been set AT ALL."]

Update 3: Steve here. I’ve been told that Universal killed the project on Friday and del Toro is going to take on Pacific RimRead our story here.

James Cameron Says Tom Cruise Still Wants to Do AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS

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While doing press for the underwater thriller Sanctum, which he produced, James Cameron provided a bit of an update on Guillermo del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness, which he’s also producing. Last we heard, Cameron said they were “very very actively” pre-producing the R-rated 3D epic based on HP Lovcraft’s novella. Universal had their sights set on James McAvoy to star, but del Toro was set on Tom Cruise. Well, it looks like del Toro may get his wish. Cameron recently had this to say in an interview with MTV:

“Tom [Cruise] wants to do the picture. I don’t think we have a deal with him yet, but we’re hoping to get that closed soon. Guillermo is madly working on a new draft of the script. Hopefully we’ll be shooting by June or July.”

So it sounds like things are moving right along. The film will be shot in 3D and tells the story of a doomed expedition to Antarctica where “fantastic and horrific ruins and a dangerous secret beyond a range of mountains taller than the Himalayas” are discovered. In short, it’s the perfect project for del Toro and Cameron to team up on. For all of our previous coverage on the long-gestating At the Mountains of Madness, click here.

James Cameron Gives Update on Guillermo Del Toro’s AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS

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When Guillermo Del Toro left The Hobbit, speculation was rampant regarding what the visionary director would choose as his next project. In July, he put the speculation to rest as he announced that he would next take on H.P. Lovecraft’s epic novella At The Mountains of Madness in 3D, with the help of James Cameron as a producer. In September we broke the news that Universal was looking to cast James McAvoy in the starring role, while Del Toro had his sights set on Tom Cruise instead. It appears that pre-production is rolling right along, as Cameron recently gave an update on the project:

We’re very, very actively pre-producing the film right now with Universal. The design work is phenomenal, both the three-dimensional and two-dimensional design work, the physical maquettes, the CG test scenes; the artwork is phenomenal. The fans certainly won’t want for a visual feast with this film. But there’s [still] a bunch of number-crunching and “How you gonna do it?” and “How you gonna make it?”; “Where you gonna do it?” All that stuff.

Hit the jump for more from Cameron, including why he got involved in the project in the first place.

Guillermo del Toro Producing MIDNIGHT DELIVERY; Says He Has a Part for Ron Perlman in AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS

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We have two pieces of Guillermo del Toro news for you this afternoon.  First up, Pajiba is reporting that del Toro is producing Midnight Delivery with Gary Ungar (Gothika) for Universal.  The story, written by Neil Cross (the British TV series MI:5) , centers on a father who becomes a drug mule to save his son’s life, which isn’t the worst reason ever to become a drug mule.

Hit the jump for details on what role del Toro has set for Ron Perlman in At the Mountains of Madness (provided Perlman is available).

Exclusive: Guillermo del Toro talks AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, HAUNTED MANSION, and Reveals He’s Developing 3 Video Games!!

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Over the last few days I’ve posted different parts of my extended video interview with Guillermo del Toro that I recorded at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Del Toro was in Toronto to promote Julia’s Eyes – which he produced.  While he already talked about his soon to be announced DreamWorks Animation deal, TV projects, and his movie Julia’s Eyes, it’s time for the rest of the interview and it covers At the Mountains of Madness, Disney’s Haunted Mansion, and something not yet announced: he’s making video games!!  Here’s the bullet points:

  • del Toro told me he has a video game deal that’s not yet announced.  He revealed it’s for 3 games to be made over 10 years with the goal of a new game every 3 years!
  • Haunted Mansion: he said it will be PG-13 and it will be a “dark ride”.  Says they turned in the storyline last week to Disney along with the first few key concept drawings. Matthew Robbins is writing and he’ll start in about a month. Hopes to know if Disney will move forward on it in January. At that time he’ll figure out if he will direct it or if it will be someone else.
  • At the Mountains of Madness:  del Toro gave me a scoop when he revealed Dennis Muren is designing the monsters! Muren told him “you’ve never seen monsters like this.”  If you don’t who Dennis Muren is…look over his resume and you’ll know when it’s so cool that he’s involved. He went on to say the film isn’t greenlit yet, he’ll be talking to some Lovecraft scholars to get their input on the script, hopes to make the movie without interference, explained how he got James Cameron involved, and says the film suffers from two big issues: it’s a hard core R rated movie and it’s a horror tentpole with a big budget.

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