The crew at Latino Review is working overtime, dropping a slew of interesting scoops with one standing tall above the others. Rumor has it that Warner Bros. is extremely happy with what they’ve seen of Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim (they aren’t the only ones) and has given the director his pick of the litter of studio projects. But instead of choosing to direct the obvious superhero team-up film Justice League, Del Toro reportedly wants to do something similar, but with his own twist.
The idea is called Heaven Sent and it would combine several of the magical, spectral beings in the DC Comics Universe into one movie. Characters like Deadman, The Spectre, Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, Phantom Stranger, Zatanna, Zatara, Sargon and Etrigan the Demon. According to the article, Warner Bros. currently has its lawyers trying to untangle the rights to all of the characters involved and, if that happens, then maybe the project moves forward.
Read more after the jump, including when we might see his haunted house film Crimson Peak.
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A few years ago Guillermo del Toro started working to produce a stop-motion animated take on Pinocchio. Despite some solid attached talent, like Fantastic Mr. Fox animator Mark Gustafson as co-director with Gus Grimly, whose illustrated take on the story helped spawn the project, this one has taken time to get to the production stage. That’s even with the Jim Henson company behind the development, too.
So, with the number of projects del Toro has started to produce over the past few years stacked against the ones that have actually been finished, I’d understand if anyone took a ‘wait and see’ attitude towards this Pinocchio. Now it might have taken a big step towards a green light, however, as del Toro says that he’ll co-direct the film with Gustafson, with a summer 2013 shoot planned. Read More »
Guillermo del Toro is a filmmaking force of nature. Seemingly every few weeks, the writer/producer/director announces a new project and the latest will team him up with the Henson Company and Pathe to produce a 3D stop-motion animation version of Pinocchio. Based on a 2002 book of the classic fairy tale, the film will be aimed at slightly older audiences and be more edgy. It’ll be co-directed by Gris Grimly (who illustrated the 2002 book) and Mark Gustafson from a script by Matthew Robbins. Del Toro and Robbins collaborated on the story and the whole production is gearing up for production later this year. After the jump, see more concept art from the film, read who else is going to be working on it (Nick Cave!) and even check out some quotes from Del Toro about this film and how he’ll fit it with At the Mountains of Madness. Read More »
There’s a script review floating around of one draft of Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbin‘s script for At the Mountains of Madness. Because, based on my understanding, it isn’t reviewing a more recent draft, I’m not going to make too much of it. But the review was useful for pointing out a few statements that producer James Cameron recently made about the film, where, among other things, he claims that it could be a film on the scale of something like Aliens. Read More »
To the many, many people who bring up H.P. Lovecraft‘s At the Mountains of Madness (the book that combines exploratory adventure, science fiction and Lovecraft’s tales of great, horrible old gods) every time Guillermo del Toro has a window of availability: this one’s for you. The director has talked about wanting to adapt Lovecraft’s story for many years, but it always seemed like a really tough sell. After all, what studio wants to finance an expensive, dark, R-rated film like this?
As it turns out, that studio appears to be Universal. Can’t hurt that James Cameron has come aboard to produce. Has the time finally come for a big-budget Lovecraft film? Read More »
Last week at Comic-Con, Apple surprised Hall H by having Guillermo del Toro announce that he will be producing a new version of The Haunted Mansion. At the time, del Toto told us that the movie would be live-action 3D horror film, and not a comedy like the previous version. Guillermo said, “We’re making the Haunted Mansion the most haunted place on Earth, and we are doing it by being true to the spirit and the art and the aesthetic of the original Imagineers that created the mansion.” The only thing we heard about the actual story is that it would be created around the Hatbox Ghost, which del Toro called “one of the scariest” images created for the ride, but a character which he also considers “incredibly whimsical.”
Now del Toro reveals some additional plot details about the project, which is currently being written by del Toro and Mimic/Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark remake scribe Matthew Robbins.
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