Crimson Peak Trailer – Tom Hiddleston & Charlie Hunnam deal with ghosts

crimson-peak-poster1Guillermo del Toro hasn’t released too much info on his new movie, Crimson Peak – initially just saying it was a haunted house film. However with the release approaching it’s time to give us a look with the first trailer.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Legendary Pictures’ CRIMSON PEAK, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Callum Greene produce, and Jillian Share executive produces.’

The trailer looks great, so hopefully the movie will live up to it when it’s released in October, just in time for Halloween. [Read more…]

First Pic Of Jessica Chastain In Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak

crimson-peak-jessica-chastainGuillermo Del Toro is certainly taking his time with Crimson Peak. The movie shot early this year but won’t be in cinemas until October 2015. However we now get our first look at the movie courtesy of an image of Jessica Chastain that appears in the latest issue of EW.

Few story details have been released, beyond that young author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowksa) discovers that her charming new husband Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) is not who he appears to be and has plenty of secrets. Chastain plays Sharpe’s sister, Lucille, while Charlie Hunnam is Dr. Alan McMichael.

As you can see from the pic, it’s a rather gothic affair and it appears it’ll be shot through with Del Toro’s unique style.

Guillermo Del Toro Will Make A Black & White Creature Feature Before Pacific Rim 2

guillermo-del-toroIn the last few months Guillermo Del Toro has been talking up Pacific Rim 2 and his plans for the movie, but it turns out before we get that film, he plans to direct another movie beforehand.

Pacific Rim 2 already has an August 2017 release, but Del Toro is hoping to slot in his other movie with an early 2015 shoot planned. It will be rather smaller that his giant robot film though, including bring made in black and white.

Del Toro has been talking to Collider about the film, saying, “Right away, in February/March I should [start on] another very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre before starting – we start pre-production on Pacific Rim 2 in August, and then I interrupt it briefly to go into the first of next year to do this strange little movie, and then I restart it and go all the way until we start shooting Pacific Rim 2 at the end of 2015 for release in 2017.”

He wouldn’t reveal anything about the plot, but he did say, “It’s a very small cast. I would love to have John Hurt, and there’s an actress that I have in mind that is not well-known but I’ve seen her in a short film. That’s all she’s really done, one feature and one short, but she has an incredibly interesting taste and I’m gonna try her out for the main role.”

He then added when pressed for more details, “There’s one great creature in it. It does [have a title], but I find – I’d rather do the projects and then show them to people than talk about them. I think that it’s going to be a nice thing for people to know which one is it and where it came from when it’s a reality.”

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)

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

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.