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Guillermo del Toro to Direct the Original Ghost Story ‘Crimson Peak’

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Guillermo del Toro is like that guy at the circus spinning a bunch of plates at one time, but instead of plates, he’s juggling movies — and he’s just added a new project to his roster: a ghost story called ‘Crimson Peak.’

It looks like Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. are quite pleased with Guillermo del Toro’s work on ‘Pacific Rim‘ — so pleased that, according to Deadline, they’ve just signed a deal with the director to make ‘Crimson Peak’ his next film. Del Toro always has a ton of projects in various stages of early development (mostly him saying he wants to do them), but this deal ensures that ‘Crimson Peak’ will definitely be his next film.

Del Toro originally co-wrote the script for the film with frequent collaborator Matthew Robbins (‘Mimic,’ ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’), but he’s now working on a re-write with Lucinda Coxon before production begins in early 2014. In the meantime, the director still has to release ‘Pacific Rim’ and film the pilot for the FX television series adaptation of the novel he co-wrote, ‘The Strain.’

Del Toro calls the film:

A very set-oriented, classical [film] but at the same time modern take on the ghost story…It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.

The director is drawing inspiration from older horror films like “Robert Wise’s ‘The Haunting,’ which was a big movie, beautifully directed, with the house built magnificently. And the other grand daddy is Jack Clayton’s ‘The Innocents.’

“I’ve always tried to make big sized horror movies like the ones I grew up watching, films like ‘The Omen,‘ ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘The Shining,’ the latter of which is another Mount Everest of the haunted house movie. I loved the way that Kubrick had such control over the big sets he used, and how much big production value there was. I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback.”

Consider us interested.

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