Either Guillermo Del Toro has Rick James levels of cocaine in his blood stream, or he has successfully managed to clone himself with several doppelgangers running around movie sets, because that guy just keeps on truckin’.
With his fingers in several projects right now, Del Toro has added another bit of development to his slate, as he’s looking to film a spooky story by the name of Crimson Peak.
Right now, Del Toro has backing from Legendary Pictures to helm the film which according to Deadline, is a set-orientated take on a classic ghost story that has been modernised.
“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 said.
To me that is Robert Wise’s The Haunting, which was a big movie, beautifully directed, with the house built magnificently. And the other grand daddy is Jack Clayton’s The Innocents. I’ve always tried to make big-sized horror movies like the ones I grew up watching. I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback.
And it looks increasingly likely that Crimson Peak may be the next project that Del Toro actually tackles. Legendary is the production studio behind his upcoming mech flick Pacific Rim, and they’ve got a decent sized budget lined up and waiting for the director to helm his latest passion.
Del Toro has been wanting to make this film for several years now, but it’s always fallen to the wayside for projects such as Hellboy 2 and Pan’s Labyrinth instead, not too mention all the time that he sunk into The Hobbit.
How exactly Del Toro will slot this into his current schedule is unknown, as he’s also preparing a TV pilot for a new breed of vampire show by the name of The Strain, amongst many other ideas.