Guillermo del Toro is a busy man, and a lot of projects are announced with his name attached, not all of which come to fruition. But the day that I'm not excited about the announcement of a new GDT movie is the day you should probably check if I've been possessed or had an aneurysm or something.
While I'd love to see del Toro's passion Lovecraft project At The Mountains of Madness as much as anyone - and I'm thrilled to note in the below link that he still hasn't ruled it out - I'm happy to see the man at the helm of any horror movie, as he's directed some of my favorites.
Yesterday he announced that he will team up with Legendary Pictures to make a film titled Crimson Peak, calling it “a very set-oriented, classical 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.”
Unsurprisingly, del Toro name-checks all the right films when talking about the project, mentioning Robert Wise's The Haunting, Jack Clayton’s The Innocents, Kubrick's The Shining, Donner's The Omen and Friedkin's The Exorcist. So, you know, get excited.
They're shooting for an early 2014 start to production, after all of the Pacific Rim press and the filming of del Toro's FX pilot The Strain - a piece of news I've somehow missed and I'm happy to hear, because I dig FX and I really like The Strain trilogy. Expect me to review that here!
Oh, and I know you were going to do this anyway because you're cool, but go see Pacific Rim. del Toro intimates in the Deadline article that if (when!) the film does well, we might still have a chance to see At The Mountains of Madness:
“They love it, but we just finished Pacific Rim. They want to let that film happen and then my hope is, down the line we can do it. People ask how do I choose projects. All the projects in my roster are there because I love them, but the financing process is serendipity. And often, the ones I think will happen don’t, and the ones I think won’t happen, do.”