Given that Guillermo del Toro changes his mind as to what he might like to direct next about as often as Hollywood actors seem to break up with Jennifer Aniston, you’re warned to take his next directorial effort – which he has announced to be horror flick Crimson Peak – with a pinch of salt. Or, just, don’t, because otherwise we’re not allowed to get excited about it, and that’s kind of our thing around here.
Yes, after passing the The Hobbit on to its true father Peter Jackson and finishing with his giant robot battle movie Pacific Rim, del Toro has confirmed that Crimson Peak, a movie he describes as “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story,” should hit theatres sometime in 2014. “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,” del Toro added, which is basically a mantra he has enlisted for every one of his cinematic efforts to date.
Del Toro is working on a rewrite of a spec script he originally wrote with Lucinda Coxon, and describes both The Omen and The Shining as prime influences, the latter of which he calls “another Mount Everest of the haunted house movie.” For those suddenly finding themselves concerned over del Toro’s long-awaited adaptation of At The Mountains of Madness, he’s keen to assure fans that he hopes to make that film at some point with Legendary Pictures. What we can absolutely defer from all this, then, is that del Toro is only interested in films with titles that denote geographical reference. Otherwise, really, what’s the point?