Guillermo del Toro’s next project is shaping up quite nicely, with Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Michael Stuhlbarg already set to star in what’s being described as an “otherworldly” love story set against the backdrop of the Cold War. The latest casting update not only reveals that Michael Shannon is in talks to join the lineup, but confirms last week’s rumor that Richard Jenkins is also coming aboard.
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Despite reports on the various projects he’s had brewing for some time, Guillermo del Toro remained predictably unpredictable when he recently decided to move forward on a project that no one knew much about. We do know it’s a Cold War romance with a fantasy element, and we know it stars Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer — and if this new report is to be believed, then we may also know a few more details, including a new cast member and a title.
In addition to his actual home, Guillermo del Toro constructed a second home filled with collectibles, books and inspirational pieces of art. Named Bleak House after the Charles Dickens novel, del Toro was inspired by Disney’s research library to build this creative space / museum / second home, and now hundreds of pieces of the filmmaker’s art will become part of a special traveling art exhibit that will kick off at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Much was made of Netflix’s deal with Dreamworks bringing about a new Voltron: Legendary Defender series, and now we’re getting a first look at Guillermo del Toro’s long-awaited Trollhunters as well. See for yourself in the first photo, and a new synopsis!
If the cast of Guillermo del Toro’s new movie is any indication, it could be the fantasy-horror master’s best film yet. (Then again, Crimson Peak had a knockout cast and most people disliked that film. Most people are nuts.) Joining the great Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in the untitled project is Michael Stuhlbarg, one of the absolute best actors on the planet.
Guillermo del Toro has no shortage of professional projects in the air at any given time; between his planned Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark film, a program for Netflix called Trollhunters, and having to constantly dispel the rumors that he’ll return to direct a sequel for Pacific Rim or the Hellboy franchise, he keeps plenty busy. But that hasn’t stopped del Toro from continuing to pursue new creative avenues in his career, apparently exempt from our human need to take a second-long breather once in a while. The latest directorial challenge that del Toro has met head-on is a thriller set during the Cold War, and now he’s found himself an actress ready to take the plunge into the Red Scare with him.
It was with a heavy heart that Ron Perlman, frequent collaborator of Del Toro and star of the Hellboy franchise, clarified that a third Hellboy film ‘probably will never happen.’
Guillermo del Toro and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a creative match made in horror heaven. The pairing is so perfect, in fact, that it’s hardly disappointing that the director isn’t returning to helm Pacific Rim 2. And just when you thought del Toro’s Scary Stories adaptation couldn’t get any more exciting, here come the writers of The LEGO Movie to make this one of your most anticipated films of…well, ever.
A quick refresher for those not up on the brief but troubled history of the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s kaiju-throwback Pacific Rim: First, the notorious G.D.T. confirmed that the sequel would be here by April 2017. The production team had plans to beginning shooting back in November, but by September, presiding studio Universal had deemed a Pacific Rim sequel a low priority and placed it on the proverbial back burner. After indefinitely halting production on the film in mid-September, Universal took the film off of its release calendar at the end of that month. As recently as last month, Universal stated it had no interest in producing the film on its own — perhaps due to Crimson Peak’s sadly lackluster showing at the box-office — but apparently the project has taken on a new life due to Legendary Pictures. (Worth noting is that Legendary was recently acquired by China’s Wanda Pictures, and that Pacific Rim played like gangbusters overseas.)
He either is or isn’t still trying to make Pacific Rim 2 (it seems to change several times a day), but if nothing else Guillermo del Toro has another project to work on. True to form, it’s another movie that blends horror and childhood. I’ll let him tell you all about it, since he tweeted out the news himself earlier today: