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.
Set in Victorian London, the four-part drama The Crimson Petal and The White, adapted from the book by Michel Faber, is a tale of seduction, power and class conflict centered around a vibrant, intelligent and sexually adept prostitute, named Sugar (Romola Garai). When Sugar meets wealthy businessman William Rackham (Chris O’Dowd), he is intrigued by everything she brings to his dreary existence, but as their relationship grows deeper, it also becomes more dangerous.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, screenwriter Lucinda Coxon talked about her journey in bringing The Crimson Petal and The White to life, fitting so much story into four hours, the changes that needed to be made in order to translate from page to screen, how much the music and production design add to the overall story, how writing this made her grateful that she wasn’t a woman in that time period, how fantastic she thought all of the performances were, and how nervous she was about the sex scenes. She also talked about what led her to be a screenwriter, and what she’s working on now. Check out what she had to say after the jump.