Guillermo Del Toro Teases Warner’s Plans For The Whole DC Universe

guillermo-del-toroDirector Guillermo del Toro is at the Rome Film Festival, where he ended up getting onto the subject of Warner Bros.’ plans for the DC Universe, suggesting they have an all-encompassing scheme that will cover all mediums.

Del Toro is in  a position to know, as he’s developing the DC-property Justice League Dark (aka Dark Universe), which needs to fit into this plan. Of the film, he says, “We’re still on (Justice League Dark), writing, and hopefully it will happen but there are no developments that are new. We’re still at Warner Bros., they are making plans for the entire DC universe. All the superheroes, all the mythologies, and part of that is Justice League Dark. They’re planning on TV, movies, and all the media, so we have to fit within that plan.”

Previous reports have suggested Justice League Dark will include DC heroes such as John Constantine, Swamp Thing, The Demon, Deadman, The Spectre, Zatara and Zatanna. Guillermo del Toro is working on the script with a writer who hasn’t been identified yet.

It seems therefore that Batman Vs. Superman is just the start of an interconnected universe that DC hopes can rival Marvel.

Take a look at Del Toro’s Rome Film Festival interview below.

Pacific Rim (Blu-ray)

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There’s a saying in Hollywood that if a film is bad critics blame the screenwriter, but if it’s good, it’s the director who gets the credit. There’s a certain amount of truth in that, and it’s something that would be easy to do with Pacific Rim. The action scenes are terrific, it looks amazing and the world building is impressive, but the characters feel a bit like action figures.

The problem is that the film tries to create archetypes more than people – the hero with something to overcome, the damaged love interest, the grizzled commander, the arrogant  colleague who’s convinced the hero with fail. It’s a common tactic with big tentpole films, and writers Guillermo Del Toro and Travis Beachman have certainly been thumbing through their copies of Joseph Campbell’s Hero With A Thousand Faces to try and understand the archetypes they need to fulfil the hero’s journey – from being reluctantly called to action, to a flirtation with resurrection – however the result is characters that don’t feel quite real. [Read more...]

Tom Hiddleston Is Going To Crimson Peak, Replacing Benedict Cumberbatch

tom-hiddlestonA few days ago, Benedict Cumberbatch dropped out of Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming Crimson Peak. The director and Legendary Pictures have moved fast to find a replacement – even though it doesn’t start shooting until next February – as Tom Hiddleston has stepped in to the vacant role.

Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska are also attached to star in this haunted house thriller, although no specific story or character details have been revealed at this time. Del Toro has promised it will be scary and very different from any of his English-language films.

Guillermo will directing from a screenplay he is currently rewriting with Lucinda Coxon, based on an original draft the director co-wrote with Matthew Robbins.

Benedict Cumberbatch Out Of Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak

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When Guillermo Del Toro started casting Crimson Peak earlier this year it surprised many as the movie isn’t due to shoot until next year. While he’d signed Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain, his gambit of getting actors early hasn’t completely paid off with one star, as Benedict Cumberbatch has exited the movie, according to THR.

He’s the second actor to bail, as in June Emma Stone bailed and has since been replaced by Mia Wasikowska.

Cumberbatch signed up in April, but now he’s out, with Legendary Pictures and Del Toro currently seeking a replacement for the Star Trek Into Darkness. The film is scheduled to begin production in February.

Guillermo del Toro is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon. The project is said to revolve around a haunted house, but no specific story details have been confirmed. It’ll start shooting next February.

Kevin Costner Takes A Midnight Delivery For Guillermo Del Toro

kevin-costnerKevin Costner’s career revival continues with the news that he is in talks to star in Midnight Delivery for Universal Pictures, according to Variety. Guillermo del Toro is set to executive produce the project, and he also came up with the idea for the film.

The movie is about a desperate father who reluctantly becomes a drug mule in order to save the life of his son. Neil Cross (Mama) wrote the original screenplay, based on Del Toro’s story.

Costner was most recently seen as Jonathan Kent in Man of Steel, and next he’s set to be part of another major new franchise pic, Jack Ryan. He also recently wrapped shooting on Draft Day. It’s certainly a big change for a man who was barely averaging one movie a year through the 2000s, none of which could be described as a major hit.

Charlie Kaufman May Take On Slaughterhouse Five For Guillermo Del Toro

charlie-kaufmanGuillermo Del Toro is the opposite of Christopher Nolan and JJ Abrams. While they like to keep everything they do secret, Del Toro cannot help but talk about every possibility in his future. He’s currently promoting Pacific Rim, and has been chatting about various things, including that he wants to work with Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) on a movie version of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five.

ThePlaylist reports that Del Toro says, “Charlie Kaufman and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book. I love the idea of the Trafalmadorians to be ‘unstuck in time,’ where everything is happening at the same time. And that’s what I want to do. It’s just a catch-22. The studio will make it when it’s my next movie, but how can I commit to it being my next movie until there’s a screenplay? Charlie Kaufman is a very expensive writer!”

It seems therefore nothing has been sorted yet, so this is still just a possibility rather than a probability.

The book follows WWII soldier Billy Pilgrim, who becomes ‘unstuck in time’, living through periods of his life in haphazard fashion (yeah, that does sound a bit like Time Traveller’s Wife, but Slaughterhouse Five is actually good).

Final Pacific Rim Trailer – Concentrating on the human angle


The last couple of trailer for Pacific Rim have concentrated on the monsters, robots and action, and while there’s still a lot of that in this final promo, it also wants to remind us there’s a human side too. There’s also a fun vid featuring Ron Perlman as a monster parts salesman which you can watch below!

Here’s the synopsis: ‘From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, and starring Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Ron Perlman, comes the sci-fi action adventure, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ PACIFIC RIM.

‘When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that took millions of lives and consumed humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots. But in the face of the relentless Kaiju, even the Jaegers prove defenseless.

‘On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes – a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) – who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.’

It’s out in cinemas on July 12th.

Guillermo Del Toro & Ron Perlman Float The Possibility Of Hellboy 3

hellboy-pic1Hellboy has been a bit of an unfortunate franchise, as while everyone who’s seen the two Guillermo Del Toro movies seems to have liked them, they didn’t make much money. Indeed, between the first and second movie it moved from Sony Pictures to Universal, as the former didn’t want to pay for a follow-up, having barely broken even on the first.

Since Hellboy II there’s been talk of a third film, but generally it’s been with more hope than with any sense it might actually happen. However now there’s a glimmer that it might actually happen, as Del Toro and star Ron Perlman have been talking about the possibility of Hellboy III.

Del Toro told ShockTilYouDrop, “I hate giving pieces away about it, but last night, we were at dinner and Ron said, ‘I would be happy to do Hellboy again, when are we doing Hellboy 3?’ Thomas [Tull, Legendary Pictures' Founder and CEO] said, ‘I would love to see Hellboy 3.’ He didn’t say he would love to do it; he just said he’d like to see it, but today, I’ll ask him.”

It’s certainly more hopeful that when Del Toro last talked about the possibility of a franchise, when he said the idea was pretty much dead, partly because Ron Perlman had suggested he didn’t want to do it because of the heavy and uncomfortable prosthetics work involved.

However Perlman seems to have had a change of heart, saying, “I loved working for Legendary, and I know for Guillermo, working on Pacific Rim was one of his greatest experiences. The reason I loved working for them is because Guillermo was so happy. I came in six months into the shoot and he seemed as fresh as a daisy, simply because he was working for someone who appreciated and supported his outlandish visions of what he wanted to put on the screen. My immediate, silent wish was, wouldn’t it be great if these guys came in and helped resolve the Hellboy series.”

However can Legendary, the company behind the likes of Pacific Rim, Man Of Steel and the Dark Knight movies, actually get it off the ground? Legendary’s Tull later responded by saying, “There are rights issues that would need to be sorted out for Legendary to get involved.” It certainly sounds like he’s interested, even if he doesn’t want to say anything that sounds like a commitment.

Don’t get too excited yet, but it does appear the idea of Hellboy III is more likely than it has been for several years.

Charlie Hunnam Looking Incredibly Hot & Shirtless In New Pacific Rim Pic

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I had been keen to see Pacific Rim for the monsters, entertainment and Guillermo Del Toro’s masterful world building, but now I’ve seen the image above, I’m thinking there’s another reason I’ll be showing up when it opens July 12th.

The image was released to JustJared and shows British actor Charlie Hunnam looking incredibly pretty with his shirt off – I think it’s safe to say he’s spent plenty of time in the gym. He plays one of the pilots of the film’s enormous robots, which humanity has built to fight gargantuan monsters that are spilling out of the Pacific.

You can watch the latest trailer here. And while we’re here, why not watch a new featurette, about the monster attacks (and featuring more Hunnam hotness) below. Charlie’s certainly come a long way since the day he was young Nathan in the UK’s Queer As Folk.

New Pacific Rim Featurette – Take a look at the incredible oversized robot set


While Pacific Rim will undoubtedly feature a lot of CGI, Guillermo Del Toro was keen to do plenty of practical shooting, and that included a four-storey high set of the robots’ head, which was able to move, shake and drop 15 feet so the actors could really react to action. The poor actors were also inside suits attached to enormous, complex machines to make things even more difficult. A new featurette explores that, and it’s well worth a look.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure “Pacific Rim.”

‘When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end.  To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge.  But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju.  On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past.  Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

‘Oscar® nominee Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) is directing “Pacific Rim” from a script by Travis Beacham (“Clash of the Titans”).  Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent are producing, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer.The film stars Charlie Hunnam (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”), Idris Elba (“Thor”), Rinko Kikuchi (“The Brothers Bloom”), Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses”), and Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films).  The ensemble cast also includes Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Diego Klattenhoff, and Brad William Henke.’

The film’s out July 12th