One of the approximately half-a-dozen or so Guillermo del Toro projects I’m looking forward to (he’s a busy dude) is Crimson Peak, the director’s subversion of the gothic romance genre (with ghosts!). If that basic idea isn’t enough to grab you, del Toro’s gone and booked some really good actors: Jessica Chastain, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Stone, and Charlie Hunnam.
Stone and Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, del Toro’s Pacific Rim) have been rumored for a while now, but news of Chastain and Cumberbatch’s involvement is brand spankin’ new. We don’t know who any of the actors will play, though the Stone rumor from a while back is that she’d star.
The film will be del Toro’s follow-up to Pacific Rim, which is currently in post-production; according to Deadline it should start shooting in January 2014. That it’s a full eight months between now and then might be bad news for those of you looking forward to del Toro’s Justice League Dark movie, as the director has previously said he won’t start on that until Crimson Peak is done.
The gothic romance/haunted house film takes place at the turn of the century, partially in America and partially at a crumbling (ghost-filled?) mansion in Cumbria. Explains del Toro, it’s:
“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.”
I’m not particularly into haunted house or ghost films. It’s not that I don’t like them (well, I’m not a huge fan of gore), I just haven’t seen many. But this is one that I’ll definitely be buying a ticket for.