The first teaser spot for Guillermo del Toro’s FX horror series The Strain is now online, but you’ve probably already seen it. The spot premiered during the mid-season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead, but its content was intentionally vague in the hopes of sparking up a conversation. Remember the “found footage” video of hordes of rats crowded the city sidewalks? Yep, that’s for The Strain.
The Strain stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, and Kevin Durand. Carlton Cuse will step in as showrunner while del Toro remains onboard as an executive producer. Hit the jump to watch the teaser.
Black Friday is almost here, and like most people who love a good deal, you’ve mapped out your plan of attack (make sure this attack doesn’t involve trampling). You know what you want, where to get it, and Thanksgiving dinner be damned, you’re going to camp out in front of a store or in front of your computer. While we admire your enthusiasm, we have some suggestions for items you might want to add to your wish list. And they don’t necessarily have to be for you; they could also be for someone you know.
Adam, Dave, and I have nine items we’d like to recommend: three small items (“Stocking Stuffers”), three moderately priced items (“Under the Tree”), and three expensive items (“Extra Nice”). More importantly, we each have a charity to recommend since we truly believe it’s better to give than to receive (unless you’re receiving a trip to outer space; nothing beats a trip to outer space). Hit the jump to check out our 2013 Gift Guide.
Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s ode to everything a twelve-year-old boy might love, is a massively entertaining film if you’ve ever wanted to see giant robots wrestle with Godzilla-style monsters. Every effects shot is done with such loving detail that it’s the sort of film that’s absolutely perfect for home viewing. If you like it, you’ll want to watch it (or the choice parts) over and over again, because there’s so little else out there like it. My review of Pacific Rim on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
While Guillermo del Toro only recently wrapped production on the pilot for his potential FX series The Strain, the network apparently really liked what they saw. FX announced today that it has ordered a full 13-episode first season of The Strain, which will debut on the network in July 2014. The ambitious series is based on the trilogy of novels by del Toro and Chuck Hogan and centers on a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects. The stellar cast includes Corey Stoll, John Hurt, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, and Kevin Durand, and Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse is onboard to act as showrunner while del Toro will remain involved as an executive producer.
Hit the jump for more info on this exciting new horror series.
As one of the current masters of genre filmmaking, one might surmise that Guillermo del Toro is due to tap into the current superhero movie craze on a larger scale. Of course del Toro helmed Blade II and both Hellboy films, but fans are surely eager to see him tackle a more well-known comics property in this current climate dominated by Marvel and DC. Indeed, plans are in the works for del Toro to potentially join the DC Universe at Warner Bros. with an adaptation of Justice League Dark, but movement on the project has been rather slow-going.
While del Toro recently revealed that he was in the process of writing JLD and was waiting for a certain writer to become available so he/she could take a pass on the screenplay, the filmmaker has now added a curious bit of info to the development of Justice League Dark, saying that the film will have to fit into Warner Bros.’ plans for a cohesive DC Universe. Read on after the jump.
It’s funny how Guillermo del Toro is someone that geeks obsess over, but hasn’t totally crossed over into the mainstream. This year saw the release of his Pacific Rim, which made over $400 Million worldwide, but was initially considered a disappointment because of it didn’t open to gangbuster numbers. Rim is an entertaining film, but one of the reasons why fans are so passionate about the man is because of his Spanish-language films, and Criterion has released one of his best: The Devil’s Backbone. The company has also put out Satyajit Ray’s Charulata, and my review of both on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
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 Portman, Stellan 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.
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.”]
The first official clip from the all-new Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment documentary Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics is now available. The doc, which explores the thin line between right and wrong in DC comics, features interviews with Richard Donner (Superman), Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and Zack Snyder (Man of Steel), while delving into the personalities of fan-favorite villains.
Hit the jump to watch the clip and for more on Necessary Evil, available on Blu-ray starting Friday, October 25th.
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro made a splash this summer with his massive “monsters vs. robots” epic Pacific Rim. Though the Warner Bros. film carried a hefty budget, the pic did solid business at the box office, bringing in over $400 million worldwide. Del Toro always envisioned sequels to the pic in order to further flesh out the Pacific Rim world, and last we heard a follow-up was looking likely from a studio standpoint given the pic’s success at the global marketplace. Though the sequel still has yet to receive an official greenlight, del Toro recently revealed that he and screenwriter Travis Beacham are still working on the script for Pacific Rim 2. Hit the jump for more.
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.]
Fans of Guillermo Del Toro are well aware of his notebooks. They contain his writings and drawings spilled out on paper, and those designs eventually transform into the unforgettable images and stories we see in his amazing movies. For some time now, I’ve wondered why those notebooks haven’t been published so that his fans could get a peek inside his thought process. It turns out that book is almost here. Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities (co-written by Marc Zicree) is along the lines of an annotated version of his notebooks. It’s not a straight copy, but it also features pages elaborating on the original text and pictures. In a new trailer for the book, Del Toro says he hopes this book will inspire young filmmakers in the same way he was inspired by visionaries such as Dick Smith, Rick Baker, and Forrest Ackerman. It looks like a wonderful collection, and a must-own for Del Toro’s fans.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, and click here to pre-order the book on Amazon for $36.00 (which is 40% off). If you consider yourself one of his biggest fans, you can click here to pre-order the limited edition for $633.82. Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities will be released on October 29th, with the limited edition arriving on December 3rd.
Those of you who are familiar with Guillermo del Toro’s work should enjoy this opening to the upcoming Halloween special of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXIV. The long-running animated series is known for inviting famous folks to guest star on episodes, but del Toro opted to leave his mark by turning Springfield into his own Hellish playground.
The sharp-eyed among you will catch nods to del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Blade, in addition to appearances by Cthulhu, Stephen King, Alfred Hitchcock, Edgar Allan Poe, Universal’s classic movie monsters and much, much more (including a hypnotoad cameo!). This must be what it’s like to peek inside del Toro’s mind at any given moment. Hit the jump to watch del Toro’s opening for the Halloween special and for more from the visionary director himself.
The details for the highly-anticipated (speaking personally) home video release of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim are now available. The epic robot-vs-monster movie will be released on October 15th in a variety of formats, including digital downloads from all the usual suspects, plus:
- Limited Edition 3D Blu-ray Gift Pack
- 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray/2D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet)
- Blu-ray Combo Pack (2D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet)
- Two-Disc Special Edition DVD
Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman. Hit the jump for details on all of the various versions of Pacific Rim on home video, along with special features and box art images. You can also pre-order the Blu-ray on Amazon here.
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.