Universal Unveils 2015 Release Dates & Synopses for PITCH PERFECT 2, CRIMSON PEAK, and EVEREST; Also Slates OUIJA, WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, More

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Universal Pictures has announced a slew of release dates for some of its upcoming films, unveiling the first synopses for some highly anticipated pics (including the latest from Guillermo del Toro) in the process.  Briefly:

  • As Above, So Below – From Legendary Pictures, the psychological thriller directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine) will open August 15, 2014.
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones – The Liam Neeson/Dan Stevens thriller directed by Scott Frank will hit theaters September 19, 2014.
  • Ouija – Universal’s adaptation of the popular board game produced by Michael Bay is slated for October 24, 2014.
  • Everest – Director Baltasar Kormakur’s (2 Guns) survival drama starring Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D February 27, 2015.
  • Pitch Perfect 2 – The music-centered sequel, directed by Elizabeth Banks, will be aca-released May 15, 2015.
  • Crimson Peak – From Legendary Pictures, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s next directorial effort, starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam, will haunt traditional theaters and IMAX on October 16, 2015.

Hit the jump to read the synopses for the aforementioned films.

Tom Hiddleston Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, His Popularity Online, the Possibility of a Solo LOKI Movie, Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK, and More

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With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World now playing around the world and opening in North America this weekend, I recently got to interview the cast and filmmakers in London.  As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  The film also stars Natalie PortmanStellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.

During my video interview with Hiddleston, he talked about his popularity online, the film’s humor, how they wanted to give all the characters more texture and deepen the world of Asgard in the sequel, his thoughts on the possibility of a solo Loki movie, getting ready to work with Guillermo del Toro on Crimson Peak, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Guillermo Del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK Set for April 2015 [UPDATED]

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Because 2015 wasn’t crazy enough when it comes to must-see movies, Guillermo Del Toro‘s Crimson Peak will be released in April 2015.  Although THR has the date right, the new title is not “Haunted Peak“.  That’s a working title.  The movie is still called “Crimson Peak“, which is a much cooler title.

According to THR, filming will take place at Pinewood Toronto Studios from February 10 – May 14th.  The film is described as a “classical gothic romance ghost story” and the logline says the story is about “a young author who discovers that her husband is not who he appears to be.”  Those kinds of discoveries are never fun.  It’s never “You’re the son of a wealthy prince, and you have a house made of candy? Huzzah!”  The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska. [Update: We reached out to del Toro for comment and he responded thusly: “the film Crimson Peak has not changed title.  We created Haunted Peak as a production entity for the shoot. The film's title remains unchanged.”]

Jessica Chastain Gets a Body Cast for Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK in New Images

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One might think that Guillermo del Toro is taking a little break now after the massive undertaking that was Pacific Rim, but one would be mistaken.  Del Toro is currently in Toronto hard at work on directing the pilot for the upcoming FX series The Strain, but he’s also busy prepping his next feature film Crimson Peak, which starts principal photography in February.  The film is described as a “classical gothic romance ghost story” that stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam, and del Toro called it his first adult movie in the English language.  Other than that, though, very little is known about the film.

Chastain was recently in Toronto where she had a full body cast made for Crimson Peak, and she has now shared images of the process on her Facebook with guest appearances by Del Toro and Chastain’s young Mama co-star.  It’s not incredibly illuminating, but it does beg the question why would Chastain’s character need a prosthetic mold?  Curious.  Very curious.  Hit the jump to check out the images. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]

Tom Hiddleston Replaces Benedict Cumberbatch in Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK

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Reports have Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) set to replace Benedict Cumberbatch in Guillermo del Toro’s haunted house picture, Crimson Peak.  Cumberbatch left the picture very recently, fueling rumors that he’d be starring in the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.  Few details are available as to the film’s plot or characters, except to say that Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) would play aristocratic siblings.  Del Toro called it a “classical gothic romance ghost story” and described it as “very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.”

Crimson Peak also stars Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam, and expects to start shooting in January 2014.  Hit the jump for more.

Benedict Cumberbatch Exits Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK

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Guillermo del Toro’s next film will be Cumberbatch-less.  Heat Vision reports that Benedict Cumberbatch has dropped out of del Toro’s classical gothic romance ghost story Crimson Peak, which is poised to start production in January.  No reason was given for Cumberbatch’s departure, but it’s apparently not due to a scheduling conflict.  The Sherlock star isn’t the first actor to depart Crimson Peak, as Emma Stone was previously forced to drop out due to a conflict with Cameron Crowe’s next film.  Mia Wasikowska subsequently signed on in Stone’s role, so one imagines del Toro will find an equally suitable replacement for Cumberbatch—though the actor’s non-involvement is still unfortunate.

Del Toro is currently gearing up to shoot the pilot for his FX series The Strain before commencing production on Crimson Peak early next year.  The filmmaker previously told us that Peak will be his “first adult movie in the English language,” so expectations are high.  Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam also star.

Charlie Hunnam Talks PACIFIC RIM, Seeing the Film for the First Time, Spending 27 Days in the Con Pod Set, SONS OF ANARCHY, and CRIMSON PEAK

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With Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim opening this weekend, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Charlie Hunnam at the press junket.  During the interview he talked about doing the interview during a huge parade outside the hotel, his reaction to seeing Pacific Rim for the first time, working on the huge practical sets, what he collects, Sons of Anarchy, Crimson Peak, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Finally, If you missed any of my set visit coverage, be sure to check out my video blog recap with 20 things to know, plus extended on set interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and executive producer Callum Greene.

Guillermo del Toro Says They’re Writing the First Season of THE STRAIN Before Filming; Calls CRIMSON PEAK His “First Adult Movie in the English Language”

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It’s been five long years since Guillermo del Toro has directed a film, but if all goes according to plan, he’s about to enter into a very prolific period in the near future.  His large-scale “robots vs. monsters” movie Pacific Rim opens this Friday, and del Toro has already lined up his next two projects following the massive tentpole.  He’s directing the pilot for the FX series adaptation of del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s book series The Strain this fall, and then early next year he starts production on his next feature film, a “classical gothic romance ghost story” called Crimson Peak.

Steve recently sat down for a lengthy, exclusive interview with del Toro at his house in anticipation of the release of Pacific Rim, and during the course of the conversation the filmmaker discussed The Strain, Crimson Peak, and even his next feature film after Peak.  Del Toro revealed that they’re writing the entire first season of The Strain before filming begins, and he describes Crimson Peak as his “first adult movie in the English language,” as he aims to make a proper R-rated adult feature.  Del Toro also noted that it looks like he already has his next project after CP ready to go.  Hit the jump for so much more.

Emma Stone Departs Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK; Mia Wasikowska in Talks to Star

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After Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man) departed Guillermo del Toro’s haunted house story Crimson Peak last month, Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) is now in talks to replace her.  Stone cited scheduling issues for her departure from the film, which also stars Jessica Chastain, Benedict Cumberbatch and Charlie Hunnam.  If Wasikowska’s own schedule works out, she would play “a young author named Edith Cushing who discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be,” according to The Wrap.  Hunnam will play another lead while Cumberbatch and Chastain star as aristocratic siblings.  Crimson Peak is expected to begin production early next year.

Jessica Chastain Joins Guillermo del Toro’s Gothic Ghost Story CRIMSON PEAK

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After starring in the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film Mama earlier this year, Jessica Chastain will reunite with the director for his new haunting picture, Crimson Peak.  The project has been steadily adding stellar talent to the cast, including Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and most recently Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock).  The twice Oscar-nominated Chastain adds further star power and gravitas to a picture that del Toro calls a “very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.”  Del Toro spoke more about the picture and more in a recent interview with Steve at WonderCon.  Hit the jump for more on Crimson Peak and Chastain’s casting announcement.

Guillermo Del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM, Test Screenings, PACIFIC RIM 2, Hypothetical PACIFIC RIM vs. GODZILLA Movie, CRIMSON PEAK, THE STRAIN TV Series, and More

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At last weekend’s WonderCon, I was able to land an exclusive video interview with Guillermo Del Toro.  As you may have noticed, all week we’ve posted parts of the interview (Pacific Rim 2 newsJustice League Dark news, his thoughts on a Pacific Rim vs. Godzilla movie) but it’s now time to offer the entire conversation.

During our extended conversation, we talked about the fans’ positive reaction to the Pacific Rim footage, what the test screenings have been like, how he directs every single detail you see on the screen, his preference for visual sense of depth over 3D gimmicks, the Pac Rim comic book with cover art by Alex Ross, the status of his FX series The Strain, all of his upcoming projects, and so much more.  If you’re a del Toro fan, I promise you will love this interview.  Hit the jump to watch.

Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK

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The cast for director Guillermo del Toro’s next film, the haunted house thriller Crimson Peak, just keeps getting better.  Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) are already set to lead the pic, and now none other than Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to join the cast.  Plot details are being kept firmly under wraps, but the immensely talented del Toro previously described the project as “very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.”  Hit the jump for more.

Guillermo del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM 2, Prepping THE STRAIN TV Series, CRIMSON PEAK, and Other Future Projects at WonderCon

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Even though Pacific Rim will be Guillermo del Toro‘s first film in five years, he has attached himself to numerous projects both for movies and television.  Just to name a few that are still in development hell, he’s attached to The Haunted Mansion, The Incredible Hulk TV series, and Pinocchio.  And even though Pacific Rim has yet to hit theaters, del Toro and co-writer Travis Beacham are already set to write the sequel for Legendary Pictures.  Del Toro is also in pre-production on adapting his vampire novel trilogy The Strain for television, and is looking ahead to the haunted house feature, Crimson Peak starring Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam.

Speaking with Steve and WonderCon, del Toro talked about the status of Pacific Rim 2, The Strain, Crimson Peak, how financing tends to determine his next project, writing the script to his indie feature Saturn and the End of Days, what happened to his animated adaptation of Pinocchio, and more.  Also, be sure to check out what del Toro had to say about Justice League Dark.

Charlie Hunnam in Talks to Re-Team with Guillermo del Toro for CRIMSON PEAK

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Charlie Hunnam and director Guillermo del Toro must have had a great time working on Pacific Rim, because the two are already plotting another project together.  Variety reports that Hunnam is in negotiations to star in del Toro’s next directorial project, a gothic romance haunted house movie called Crimson Peak.  Just a few days ago we learned that Emma Stone had entered negotiations to star, so should his deal go through Hunnam would be starring opposite the Amazing Spider-Man actress.

Plot details on Crimson Peak are understandably being kept under wraps, but del Toro previously described the project as “very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.”  Count us whole-heartedly in.  Production begins in February 2014 after del Toro wraps the pilot for the FX series The Strain.

Emma Stone in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK

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We recently reported that Guillermo del Toro’s next directorial effort would be the haunted house picture, Crimson Peak.  Now, it looks as if the crimson-haired beauty Emma Stone may take on the leading role in the Legendary production.   Details on the project are slim, but del Toro did speak a bit about Crimson Peak in a recent video interview for his executive produced horror feature, Mama.  Variety reports that the deal is not yet official, but Stone is expected to star.  Stone, who appeared most recently in Gangster Squad, can next be heard in the animated DreamWorks picture, The Croods.  Stone is also expected to start filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for Sony later this year.

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