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As a story full of magic and monsters, Pinocchio seemed the perfect fairy tale for Guillermo del Toro, the visionary behind Pan's Labyrinth to take on. But his Pinocchio collaborator Gris Grimly has dashed our hopes, announcing Pinocchio has had his strings cutÖbut not in a good way.
Guillermo del Toro has been busy this month promoting the upcoming release of the horror film Mama, which he executive produced, but naturally reporters are taking the opportunity to ask the filmmaker about the extensive number of exciting projects that he has in development.
March 8, 2011 was a hard day for film fans. After years of trying to get an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness to the big screen, director Guillermo del Toro announced that talks between him and Universal Pictures had hit a stalemate and that the project was no longer moving forward.
We don't yet know just how much progress has been made on Star Wars Episode 7. Since the bombshell announcement last October that Disney had bought Lucasfilm and was planning three more Star Wars films, the only concrete news we've gotten is that Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt would handle the screenplay
In a huge week for impressive trailer releases, I'd argue that Pacific Rim was by far the most exciting, if only because the robots vs. monsters movie from Guillermo del Toro is a completely original idea. There was a lot to process in the trailer, from figuring out what these monsters are all about to getting glimpses inside the giant robots that humans use to fight them
Guillermo del Toro is having a pretty damn good week. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which he co-wrote, arrives in theaters on Friday; today saw the release of both the first trailer and a new poster for his next directorial effort, Pacific Rim; and now one of his gestating production projects is heading further into development.
Del Toro is developing a English-language stage musical of Pan's Labyrinth. He's been working on the adaptation for four years in secret. As the celebrated storyteller scripted its book with Jeremy Ungar, he has also been meeting with directors, librettists and composers. His exhaustive search for the right team has recently yielded lyricist Paul Williams, who co-wrote the Muppets classic "Rainbow Connection"...
Guillermo del Toro has a number of projects at various stages of development, but now he has apparently nailed down which one he wants to direct once he has completed work on the upcoming monster vs. robot epic Pacific Rim. Moving away from sci-fi and back to horror, it has been revealed that the Mexican filmmaker has named the ghost story Crimson Peak as his next effort.
Pacific Rim centers on a battle of a grand scale, where gargantuan carnage-craving monsters must be met by massive robots driven by human pilots. Last summer Eric was one of the lucky San Diego Comic Con attendees who got a coveted glimpse at the film's first trailer.
Guillermo del Toro is theoretically the most busy man in Hollywood, as he seems to be constantly announcing some new project or producing effort, adding story after story onto the pile until it's clear he couldn't get any of it done in a single lifetime. But in the time since Hellboy 2: The Golden Army was released in 2008, del Toro has released precisely zero films as a director
t's not just moviemaking that del Toro somehow makes the time for. He spent an hour chatting with us on the set of Mama, as if he had absolutely nowhere else to be, and then invited us to a screening that night at Toronto's Bell Lightbox theater, where he would be presenting the obscure Italian horror movie L'acrno Incantatore (we went; it was very strange but kind of a thrill)
Is Mama a horror movie? Depends on who you ask. Star Jessica Chastain, who freely admits to being a scaredy cat, most definitely says yes. The film's visual effects supervisor Ed Taylor says absolutely not-- "I like to call it a ghost story. Itís about hope, itís about what a parent is - how do you define a parent? And itís about fighting for what you love."
On The Set Of Mama, Witnessing Jessica Chastain's Transformation And Getting Scared Right Along With Her
I saw Jessica Chastain in 5 different movies in 2011, and yet when I saw her walk in a room in October of last year, I didn't recognize her. And in a way you might not expect from a young starlet on a very fast rise to fame, she seemed completely delighted to fly under the radar. "Did you know it was me when I walked in?" she asked with a laugh after sitting down with group of journalists
Mama centers on Victoria and Lilly, two little girls who have had a rough childhood to say the least. The tragic day when their father murdered their mother, the two sisters took off into the wood and vanished. Their surviving uncle, Lucas, has been searching for them for five years when they are finally discovered, alive but practically feral. He and his girlfriend Annabel take the girls in, but Annabel soon suspects there's something strange attached to these two.
It's a good week for monster movies, with Tim Burton's Frankenweenie reviving a lot of the screen's classic spooks, and Universal celebrating its roster of creatures with a centennial celebration in Los Angeles, a monthlong retrospective called Monstrous Centennial: Universal's Legacy of Horror
Earlier this month the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, ran into a crisis. Despite earning critical acclaim for his work, director Rupert Wyatt made the decision to leave the project, feeling that the studio wasn't giving him enough time to do the film properly. This, of course, left 20th Century Fox with a huge problem that they needed to resolve quickly, and it was immediately apparent that the job would become one of the most sought after in Hollywood.
It has been far too long since Guillermo del Toro last directed a film (his most recent was 2008ís Hellboy II: The Golden Army). And since it will be another year until we get to see Pacific Rim, we have to settle on films del Toro ďpresents,Ē the next of which will be the ghost thriller Mama, due in theaters early next year. Instead of describing it, weíre happy to post the first official trailer, provided by Universal. Itís chilling.
It's not exactly hard to recognize a Guillermo del Toro movie, particularly if it's part of the fantasy genre. The filmmaker has a defined aesthetic that is most notable in creature design and mystical worlds. Naturally, this could have had a significant effect on The Hobbit.
Del Toro has turned in a recent draft of the script, though, and says he has a meeting scheduled with Disney in three weeks, so there is at least active development happening. But though Disney has moved forward on adapting other rides, like the Matterhorn and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, there's still been no actual updates on Haunted Mansion
While visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has won the undying affection of fanboys and cinephiles alike with films like Hellboy and the Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth, he is still haunted by the loss of his passion project, At The Mountains Of Madness
Before del Toro stepped in front of the adoring Comic Con crowd, though, I caught up with him briefly to talk about Pacific Rim, particularly the parts of the story that are deeper than giant monsters vs. robots, and how he managed to incorporate a lot of practical effects into a movie about creatures that are the size of skyscrapers
Who in their right mind isnít excited for Guillermo del Toroís Pacific Rim? In addition to being the new project from one of the most brilliant, exciting filmmakers in the world, it happens to be a movie about giant robots that do battle with giant monsters. And today I got the chance to see exactly what that looks like.
Guillermo Del Toro loves Comic Con. Every year that he has a film coming out the Hellboy director his way down to San Diego to visit his fans and give them a glimpse at his new project. Fortunately for us, 2012 is one of those years. For the last few months Del Toro has been hard at work putting together Pacific Rim his new sci-fi epic about giant robots fighting against giant monsters for the future of mankind.
As excited as we are for movies like Django Unchained, The Hobbit, and Looper, the truth is that their Comic Con panels are likely to be a little more tame simply because audiences have already seen some of the movie. All three films have already released trailers for their upcoming releases, giving fans a chance to grasp the tone and look of the upcoming titles...
Guillermo del Toro had us interested in Pacific Rim from the moment we learned that the film would be about giant robots fighting giant monsters. The story is set in a future where a dimensional rift has opened in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and keeps spilling out awful otherworldly creatures. In order to stop the destruction of earth, giant mechs are created that can fight and save the world's coastal cities.