Ones That Got Away Volume 2

Over five years ago we featured a small batch of posters in a series called The Ones That Got Away. In the poster series, artist Fernando Reza and his Fro Design Company label created some awesome posters for movies that never came to be. Whether it’s because they got stuck in development hell or lost funding at the last minute, these movies simply never became a reality. The first series included posters for the likes of Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon and Orson Welles’ Don Quixote, and now a second series has been unveiled and made available for purchase.

See which posters make up The Ones That Got Away Volume 2 after the jump. Read More »


Guillermo del Toro‘s early development process involves lots of notes and sketches; this is a well-established bit of knowledge. We’ve seen hints of his sketchbooks thanks to various DVD releases of his films, and other behind the scenes peeks at his process over the years.

Now one great collection of his sketches has been assembled, and it features elements for just about everything, from the Hellboy movies and Blade II to The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim. Even better, there are a couple things that tease what might have been if At the Mountains of Madness had come into being. Check out a gallery below. Read More »

Guillermo del Toro is finally back to directing, with his film Pacific Rim deep in post-prodution and moving quickly towards a summer release.

He’s already lined up his next directorial project, too: a big haunted house movie called Crimson Peak. And now he’s got rapid rising star Emma Stone (Easy A, The Amazing Spider-Man, Gangster Squad) in talks to star. Read More »

While Guillermo del Toro‘s biggest movies (prior to next year’s Pacific Rim) have been derived from comic book characters (Hellboy and Blade), his best work to date has been sourced from a certain supernatural influence. The Devil’s Backbone, Cronos, and Pan’s Labyrinth are either literally ghost stories, or very much kin to them. And now the director is going back to ghosts after Pacific Rim.

Written by del Toro after Pan’s Labyrinth and originally sold as a spec to Universal, a picture called Crimson Peak has now been confirmed as his next movie. The filmmaker says the story is “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story.” Read More »

Until the start of production on his “giant robots versus giant monsters” movie Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro had a difficult couple years. His tenure as director of The Hobbit ended before that movie was given the green light to move forward, and his follow-up project, At the Mountains of Madness, was scrapped at Universal due to budget concerns coupled with the director’s intent to make an R-rated film.

In the wake of Universal’s decision not to make Mountains, GDT has talked about the possibility of trying to make the film somewhere else after Pacific Rim. But that plan may now be scrapped, too, because he says that another film has enough of a similarity to the origins of his H.P Lovecraft adaptation that there soon might not be any reason to make Mountains. That movie is Prometheus, and while del Toro’s comments about both films are slightly speculative, those who don’t want to know any more about Prometheus than they already do might want to steer clear of what the director has to say below. Read More »

Update: A few hours after this story was published, Warner Bros announced a a July 12th, 2013 release date for Pacific Rim.

Guillermo del Toro has been in a bunker for the past few months prepping Pacific Rim, the giant mechs and monsters action film that he will direct for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. later this year. (Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam star.) But over the weekend the film he co-wrote and produced, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, made an appearance at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and to mark the occasion the director is doing some interviews. Naturally one of the topics is Pacific Rim, and he also talks briefly about the canceled project At the Mountains of Madness, which he insists could still happen, even though it essentially died earlier this year when Universal decided to pass on the project. Read More »

On Monday, already way-too-busy director Guillermo Del Toro went from making a film he’d been prepping for months to a whole other movie in what seemed like mere minutes. The James Cameron-produced adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft story At the Mountains of Madness had been Del Toro’s focus for a while and just as Universal was about to turn on the greenlight, the film got postponed and Del Toro quickly committed to directing Pacific Rim, a monster movie for Legendary Pictures. That movie is now set for a Summer 2013 release, but Del Toro’s switch set off a firestorm of speculation and controversy across the internet. What happened exactly? The director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy broke his radio silence in an interview with Deadline and we’ve got the highlights below as well as a press release on Pacific Rim. Read More »

UPDATED: Much happened rather quickly this evening. AICN reports that Pacific Rim will be Guillermo del Toro‘s next film, and the director responds to an email from the Criterion Cast asking about a green light for At the Mountains of Madness with “The opposite-  Dead.” So At the Mountains of Madness seems to be gone. Let’s hope that some of the info below — that GDT might return to Mountains after making Pacific Rim — turns out to be true. (Do I really believe that will happen? No.) Original article follows.

Today is all about the ill-timed follow-up stories. We had a Martin Scorsese twofer earlier, and now here’s your second Guillermo del Toro update in as many hours.

Last year Legendary Pictures bought the Travis Beacham script Pacific Rim, which is a tentpole project with monsters and big destruction. There was a moment where the script was rumored to be the basis for Legendary’s new Godzilla movie, but that was quickly set right: Pacific Rim is something entirely different. Now there is a report that, due to the lengthy timeline in getting Universal to greenlight the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation At the Mountains of Madness, there is a chance that Guillermo del Toro will direct Pacific Rim as his next film. Read More »

UPDATED: Well, this is not the outcome I’d hoped for. Shortly after word came out that Guillermo del Toro might go to Legendary and Warner Bros. to do Pacific Rim, word started to filter out that At the Mountains of Madness is really not happening. And the Criterion Cast has run an email where the director says the film is dead. RIP then to the GDT version of At the Mountains of Madness. Original article follows.

Over the past nine months we’ve been holding our breath while awaiting the final green light on Guillermo del Toro‘s passion project: an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft‘s At the Mountains of Madness. James Cameron helped him set up the project at Universal last year, and it has been moving through development rapidly, with creature designs being assembled as the script was fine-tuned. But as recently as last month a green light was elusive, even with Tom Cruise linked to the film.

Now comments from producer Don Murphy are being taken as implication that the film will shoot this June, and that Tom Cruise is definitely going to be facing down the Great Old Ones in the fictional Antarctic. Read More »

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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 »