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What Next For Guillermo Del Toro?
Frankenstein? Hellboy 3? Lovecraft?

28 June 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Bloody Disgusting

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With The Hobbit now a distant memory for its former director, Guillermo Del Toro is free to do what he wants, any old time. Rocking up at the Saturn Awards, he gave a handy one-stop update on all the projects he currently has in the pipeline, revealing that some are closer to fruition than others, and, sadly, one in particular is probably not happening at all.

"I want to be shooting something in May next year," says Guillermo, "so I need something that's ready to go into pre-production immediately."

Closest to potentialy getting started is Frankenstein, in which Doug Jones will play the monster. Make-up tests are already finished ("The nuts are something to behold!") but a potential hold-up is the as-yet incomplete screenplay. "It's not ready. That's the problem. it's not an easy one to crack. There's been so many versions, and I really believe what we're doing is something new, without changing the novel." Not changing the novel is probably exactly the key to a screen Frankenstein we haven't seen before, we'd have thought.

Hellboy 3 is a while away yet: potentially the film after whatever Del Toro does immediately next. Again, it's a script issue: "The Hellboy screenplays are not quick to write. For whatever reason, they end up being very complicated."

And it seems that Del Toro's long heralded and eagerly anticipated adaptation of HP Lovecraft's bonkers At the Mountains of Madness, may not be happening at all. "It doesn't look like I can do it," he laments. "It's very difficult for the studios to take the step of doing a period-set, R-rated, tentpole movie with a tough ending and no love story." Even numbers won't shift the Hollywood execs from their placid island of ignorance: "Lovecraft has a readership as big as any best-seller, but it's tough to quantify because his works are in the public domain."

Del Toro reckons the official announcement of his next gig (which may turn out to be none of the above) will come during or just after next month's Comic-Con. There he'll also be presenting Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which he produced for first-time director Troy Nixey. "A remake of the TV movie that destroyed my childhood entirely," it stars Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes, and should hit cinemas next year.


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Stoopid!
Del Toro really missed a trick by not directing The Hobbit. The film would have definitely been a sure-fire hit giving him the licence to make anything he wanted. The movie execs would have been falling over themselves to get his next project. Stoopid! More

Posted by batfunk at 19:08 on 29 June 2010 | Report This Post

The Champions?
Whatever happened to his remake of The Champions? http://www.empireonline.com/news/feed.asp ?NID=21420 More

Posted by RobBuckley at 07:47 on 29 June 2010 | Report This Post

Mountains of Madness.
Why is Hollywood populated with stupid film executives who are intent on watching the industry crumble under the weight of crap films? Here we have a fantastic young director whose work stands alone and who has acres of talent and imagination and is capable of giving us something very different and exciting yet is fobbed off in favour of more boring, mediocre shit that we've all seen a million times before. It seems that the words 'fresh, exciting, innovative and groundbreaking' have no place More

Posted by Hands Randall at 22:28 on 28 June 2010 | Report This Post

Mountains of Madness
At the Mountains of Madness might be most anticipated unmade movie of the past few years. I hope that it doesn't fall into the same category as all those other unmade movies, but eventually gets made at some point. That was one of the main reasons for me to be excited to have Del Toro at the helm of The Hobbit. He would probably be allowed to make MoM after that. Although a new Hellboy is also something to drool over. Or Frankenstein. Or something we haven't heard of yet... More

Posted by moviemaniac-7 at 21:03 on 28 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Sort of off-topicy!
I just hope Ron Perlman isn't going to be too old to play Hellboy again, atleast he won't look it! More

Posted by MarcE at 13:38 on 28 June 2010 | Report This Post

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