At the end of 2012 it was revealed that Guillermo del Toro‘s film Pan’s Labyrinth was being adapted as a stage musical, inspired in part by Paul Williams and his film with Brian de Palma, Phantom of the Paradise. The director wrote the book for the show some time ago, and Jeremy Ungar and Williams were working out the lyrics with composer Gustavo Santaolalla.
We haven’t had an update on the project in quite a while, but that doesn’t mean it is dead. In fact, work continues apace, and Williams confirmed as much this past weekend. So this isn’t a big news break, but confirmation that a really odd and potentially interesting thing is still happening. Williams’ quote is below. Read More »
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Sundance is nearly over, so the year’s first big volley of new movies has largely been revealed. But there’s a lot more stuff to come, both in theaters and on TV. Here are three new TV trailers to whet your appetite for the next few months. There’s the first full trailer for the second season of Hannibal, and a new teaser for The Strain, based on stories from Guillermo del Toro, who directed the pilot. Then there’s the first trailer for Penny Dreadful, from the Skyfall team of Sam Mendes and John Logan. Read More »
When you think of filmmakers who build unique, vast worlds, five that certainly come to mind are Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and Ridley Scott. Which is why the Hero Complex Gallery chose those five men as the subjects of Imagined Worlds, their latest exhibit at the Los Angeles based art gallery. Dozens of artists from around the world have chosen some of the filmmaker’s films to interpret through their own vision, creating a unique blend of creativity straddling the line of fandom and homage. The show opens Friday January 17 and remains open though February 2. Check out some images below. Read More »
If Guillermo del Toro‘s next project was a vampire movie, it would be on every single anticipated list you see out there. However The Strain, an upcoming FX show based on a novel by del Toro, is coming to the small screen. It’s about a doctor (Corey Stoll of House of Cards and Midnight in Paris) who investigates a new virus that turns people into vampires. The show premieres in July and you can see the first two images below. Read More »
The Strain, the vampire novel co-authored by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan that birthed a series of books, is going to be a series on FX, with del Toro scripting and directing the pilot. As the show movies forward, Carlton Cuse will act as show runner working with a cast that includes Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, and Kevin Durand.
(Actually, the original idea for The Strain was meant for a TV show, but del Toro ended up taking it to the page first, and now it has worked its way back to television.)
The first teaser for the show aired this past weekend during The Walking Dead, but if you weren’t tuned in for that mid-series finale, check out the teaser spot below. Even if you were tuned in, you might not have realized what the strange spot was, as there’s really no indication that it is for The Strain. Read More »
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Next summer, the twisted mind of Guillermo del Toro will be on display weekly. The Strain, an FX series based on a trilogy of vampire books del Toro co-wrote, has just been ordered to series by the network. The first of its 13 episodes will premiere in July 2014 with Lost’s Carlton Cuse as the showrunner. Del Toro directed the pilot. Read More »
At the movies, Marvel is currently kicking DC’s ass. Yes Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies were fantastic. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was a very strong start to the development of a potentially bigger world. But Marvel is already in Phase 2 of a cinematic universe, is setting up Phase 3, has a TV show that ties in on the air, with four more shows announced.
DC has Arrow, with a version of the Flash set to debut on that show, but those guys are unrelated to the big-screen heroes. Then there’s Batman vs. Superman on the horizon, but besides some rumors of hypothetical Flash and Justice League films, that’s it for the big screen in the near future.
If we are to believe Guillermo del Toro though, they have a very big plan, we just don’t know all about it yet. The director is attached to a potential DC film called Justice League Dark, which will feature Swamp Thing, The Demon, John Constantine, Deadman, The Spectre and others. He said DC is planning an “entire DC universe” including movies, TV and more. Read More »
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.
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Skywalker Ranch, the Pixar Campus, Quentin Tarantino’s home theater, Stanley Kubrick’s estate: all places a film fan would kill to visit, but few ever get the chance to see. Another spot undoubtedly on that list is Bleak House. That’s what Guillermo del Toro calls the additional house he bought to devote to his collection of cool stuff, including props, posters, toys, any -and everything you’ve ever wanted to own in the realm of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and movie memorabilia.
Most people never get to see it, but on the Criterion Collection DVD for Cronos, del Toro actually did a guided tour of the space. It’s been online for about a year, but we were just turned onto it. And it’s as awesome as you’d imagine. Read More »