Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Festival, Guillermo del Toro was on hand to discuss his two greatest and most personal films: The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth. During the far-reaching conversation Del Toro gave updates on the currently in development Justice League Dark and the status of his HBO series Monster (based on the Japanese manga by author Naoki Urasawa).
On Justice League Dark, Del Toro revealed that his script features Constantine, The Swamp Thing, Madame Xanadu, Deadman and Zantanna as the team. He stated that there are other characters in the mix too (“everybody that doesn’t feel like a repeat”) – but any additional info would be too ‘spoilery’ for the hypothetical film. However Del Toro is still waiting for the go-ahead from Warner Brothers (perhaps box-office returns on Man of Steel and Pacific Rim will dictate it’s fate). Per Del Toro “If they [Warners] like the [script], I’ll do it; if not…” For additional highlights from the Q&A including an update on Monster and an all new trailer for his summer tent-pole robots-vs.-monsters flick Pacific Rim, hit the jump.
The Hero Complex Film Festival always manages to put together a great line-up with fantastic speakers, and 2013 is going to be no different. The L.A. Times has sent out a press release announcing that this year’s Hero Complex Film Festival will celebrate horror and sci-fi by screening films from and talking to John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, Chris Carter, Roland Emmerich, and Guillermo del Toro. There will be showings of Halloween, They Live, The Mist, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, and Independence Day. Also, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the X-Files, the film festival will show three of the series’ best episodes uncut: “Pilot”, “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”, and “Jose Chung’s from Outer Space”.
Hit the jump for the full press release. The 2013 Hero Complex Film Festival runs from May 10 – 12th.
Director Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 fantasy drama Pan’s Labyrinth will be coming to a stage near you as a musical production. Del Toro and Jeremy Ungar have already written the play that centers on a young stepdaughter of a twisted army officer in 1944 Fascist Spain. The girl finds escape in a fantasy world of imaginative creatures that lead her through an old labyrinthine garden. Paul Williams has been signed to write the lyrics and two-time Oscar-winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel) will write the music. Hit the jump to read more about the progress of Pan’s Labyrinth the musical from the creative team.
If you’re a fan of director Guillermo del Toro, you’re going to want to hit Collider everyday this week. I recently sat down with the gifted filmmaker for an epic hour-long video interview and every day this week I’ll be posting part of it. Over the course of sixty minutes we talked about his past projects, Pacific Rim, what he has coming up, and everything in between. If you missed part one, we discussed his amazing Comic-Con presentation, what it was like working for Legendary Pictures and collaborating with Thomas Tull on Pacific Rim, what changed during production, the physical nature of the shoot, and so much more.
In today’s installment, del Toro reveals why they didn’t shoot Pacific Rim in 3D and why they won’t post convert, the reason they used the RED EPIC camera and had 15 of them on set, how the logistical problems in the film were all about scale, and why he edits all of his films as he shoots and that his first cut is a little over two hours. In addition, del Toro reveals that the Pacific Rim Blu-ray will have 30 minutes of deleted scenes and talks about why he cut them out of the film. He also describes some of the scenes. Finally, he says they will be deleted scenes and not part of some extended cut. Hit the jump to watch and check back tomorrow night for part three.
The latest posters in Mondo‘s director series for Guillermo del Toro are for Pan’s Labyrinth. Designed by Aaron Horkey, these will probably sell out in the span of less than a minute. Both versions of the poster measure 37.5″X 15″. The regular edition of 420 and will cost $75. The variant edition is limited to 125 and will run you $125. Each print is printed with “2 split fountains, 3 metallics and a clear acrylic varnish coat on each version.” The regular edition is on French Whitewash and the variant is on French Grout Grey.
The posters go on sale at a random time on Friday, April 22nd. Be sure you’re following @MondoNews for the announcement because the competition to get these bad boys is going to be fierce. Hit the jump to check out the posters. The remaining posters in the Guillermo del Toro series are The Devil’s Backbone and Cronos.
I’ve really enjoyed the lists I’ve posted this week and I hope you have too. I keep notes year-round on everything I feel is worth noting about particular movies so I don’t forget and I can compile it into what (hopefully) makes or an informative read. However, this list I’ve been dreading. Unlike the other lists, there’s no real recommendation at work here. It’s a list designed to highlight mostly beloved and established films. It’s also difficult to factor in films of 2008 and 2009 because I don’t know their staying power. Finally, it’s a list that will ultimately please no one because there’s no way I can narrow the hundreds of great films that have come out over the last ten years into twenty that I’ve determined are better than all the rest. So why am I doing it? I have my reasons. They’re not very good ones, but I have them.
The decade is ending, these films left an impact on me, and so I’ll call them out for their greatness and accept that there were plenty of other movies that could have filled in just as easily.
Hit the jump to start the countdown.