bleak house

Partially inspired by the original research library at Disney studios, where artists were surrounded by inspiring images, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro wanted to create a space for himself to fuel his imagination. The Pan’s Labyrinth and Crimson Peak director built a second house for himself, known as both the man cave and, inspired by the Charles Dickens‘ novel, the “Bleak House.”

Del Toro has shared videos and images from the Bleak House in the past, but now his epic collection of memorabilia will go on display for movie fans, at least for movie fans in select cities. Learn more about the Bleak House exhibit below.

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Trollhunters

Dreamworks Animation has just released the first image from Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters, a Netflix original series coming later this year. Hit the jump to see the Trollhunters photo and learn more.

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del toro michael stuhlbarg

If you backed me into a corner and demanded to know who I think is the finest actor alive today, I’d say Michael Stuhlbarg. Actually, you don’t even have to back me into a corner and you don’t have to make any demands. I’ll just say it: Michael Stuhlbarg is our finest working actor. He’s played gangsters and professors and aliens and tech geeks and film historians and old-timey congressmen and he’s vanished into each and every role. You will never catch him telling a lie on camera.

Every Michael Stuhlbarg role is a reason to cheer. But Michael Stuhlbarg signing up for the next film from Guillermo del Toro? That’s a reason to throw a party.

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Guillermo del Toro films ranked

Since Crimson Peak hit theaters, Guillermo del Toro‘s fans have wondered what project he might tackle next. And it feels like a new possibility presents itself each week, from a Fantastic Voyage remake for James Cameron to a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adaptation to a black-and-white luchador movie. But now it seems he’s finally made a decision on his next movie — and not only that, he’s already begun assembling a kick-ass cast.

Sally Hawkins has reportedly been set to star in del Toro’s untitled next film, which is set up at Fox Searchlight, while Octavia Spencer is currently in talks. The project is described as a Cold War drama, but in typical del Toro fashion it sounds like there’s a fantastical twist.  Read More »

scary stories to tell in the dark movie

You may love a lot of movies and books and games, but you probably only need one hand to count the pieces of art and culture that slammed into your brain with the force of a rogue asteroid and forever shaped your tastes. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and its sequels, written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, are a key component in my personal make-up. These collections of creepy folklore, urban legends, and unsettling horror tales remain untouchable today – rarely has “kid-friendly” horror literature refused to pull its punches to this extent. These stories still bounce around inside my head every day, their macabre illustrations permanently branded upon my brain.

So yeah, I’m pretty excited about a twisted genius like director Guillermo del Toro taking this series to the big screen, and the fact that two new writers have been hired to work on the screenplay suggests that this project may actually come to fruition.

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Pacific Rim 2 director

The past couple of years have been a real roller coaster ride for Pacific Rim fans. The film’s limp U.S. box office dimmed hopes of a sequel, before a strong overseas performance got Universal interested again. A release date was set and everything seemed on track for more jaeger vs. kaiju fights… and then Universal got cold feet and put the whole thing on hold. Through it all, Guillermo del Toro insisted Pacific Rim 2 was not dead, and now it looks like his optimism is finally panning out.

Legendary Pictures has hired Spartacus creator and Daredevil season 1 Steven S. DeKnight to helm the sci-fi action sequel, while del Toro will remain on board as a producer. Universal Pictures is still set to distribute.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Pacific Rim 2 may be off the table, or it may just be waiting for China to make it happen, but either way Guillermo del Toro will have plenty to keep him busy in the near future. He’s just signed on to develop and possibly direct Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, based on the classic children’s books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated very, very creepily by Stephen GammellRead More »

Pacific Rim

Buried within last week’s news about Guillermo del Toro taking over James Cameron’s Fantastic Voyage remake was a minor update on the long-suffering Pacific Rim 2. The prognosis didn’t look good — the only reason del Toro even had room in his schedule for Fantastic Voyage was because Pacific Rim 2 was “off the table indefinitely.”

But there’s no need to abandon all hope just yet. Del Toro insists Pacific Rim 2 could still happen. And while you may assume that’s just his stubborn optimism talking, there’s an actual, concrete reason to believe he may be right.  Read More »

Guillermo del Toro films ranked

It’s been a couple of years since we last heard about Fantastic Voyage, which means we’re due for another update on the long-gestating James Cameron project. And this one is definitely worth the wait.

Guillermo del Toro is looking to direct the remake of the 1966 sci-fi adventure, which is set up at 20th Century Fox with Cameron producing through Lightstorm Entertainment. Del Toro, you’ll recall, has a wide-open schedule now that Pacific Rim 2 has been halted indefinitely. But don’t worry, there’s a small, potentially positive update about Pacific Rim 2 here, too.  Read More »