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Guillermo del Toro‘s follow-up to Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, just got official. The period haunted house story will start filming in Toronto February 2014 set for release April 2015. Co-written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins, it’ll be filmed under the production title Haunted Peak, while retaining the original title for release.

Read about that, and co-star Tom Hiddleston‘s initial reaction to reading the script, below.

The Hollywood Reporter broke this major news. Their initial report said the new title was “Haunted Peak,” but del Toro’s assistant set the record straight on Twitter.

Crimson Peak stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and is described by the director as follows:

Crimson Peak is a much, much, much smaller movie [than Pacific Rim], completely character-driven. It’s an adult movie, an R-rated movie, pretty adult. Shockingly different from anything I’ve done in the English language. Normally, when I go to do a movie in America for the spectacle and younger audience, for Blade or whatever. This movie’s tone is scary and it’s the first time I get to do a movie more akin to what I do in the Spanish movies… The thing I do in those movies is recontextualization, take a movie and then move it into a completely different place. Like a Gothic and then move it into the Spanish Civil War [The Devil's Backbone]. This is a Gothic romance, haunted house, in the north of England.

When I spoke to Tom Hiddleston about Thor: The Dark World recently, he talked about being physically frightened when he first read the script:

Guillermo’s an absolute omniscient about that particular genre of fiction, in literature, in cinema… His precision and passion… The script itself is bone chillingly terrifying. When I was reading it for the first time I had to get up and walk around the room, then sit down again because I was so scared. But it’s also so sophisticated. It’s actually a very mature film. It has a very sophisticated and adult sensibility that stems from what Guillermo sees as the root of all of this stuff, which is the gothic romance literature of the nineteenth century.

Sound exciting. And we’ll get to see it in April 2015.

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