Until something has actually been captured on set, you never really know what Guillermo del Toro has coming. Maybe that’s why I’m (even so slightly) ambivalent to say this is actually next — financing could end up crumbling, something else could catch his eye, etc. — but, really, who cares about my suspicions? Or anything I say?
So, Deadline report that he and Legendary Films (which should also mean Warner Bros.) have come to an agreement on Crimson Peak, a film which, despite whatever that title may lead you to think, is not a sequel to Pacific Rim. (Because they’re sort of similar, phonetically. You know.) del Toro and his prior collaborator, Matthew Robbins (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Mimic), have scripted the film; Lucinda Coxon has since done a rewrite, with which the director is going to work off by the time production starts in early 2014.
Hard details on the screenplay do not abound, except when del Toro commented that Crimson Peak is “very set-oriented, [and] classical,” with a modern sensibility resting at its core. Like something such as, say, The Cabin in the Woods, this mixture will allow his film to “subvert the old rules” of what, as he puts it, are the subgenres “grand dames” — those being The Haunting, The Shining, The Exorcist, The Omen, and The Innocents. Expect something big out of that set design, is what you should mainly take away here.
Any and all of my skepticism notwithstanding, the gist of what’s being sold here — del Toro, haunted houses, classic movies about haunted houses — outweighs that by a fair margin. (The fact that a successful run on Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak could make way for At the Mountains of Madness is rather nice, too.) Just please don’t get distracted on us, Guillermo — really make this one happen.
Do you approve of his choice to, next, go for the haunted house story?