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Guillermo del Toro Archives - Page 2 of 3 -

Guillermo del Toro Archives - Page 2 of 3 -

Jack Rico


2013/01/16 at 12:00am

Guillermo Del Toro talks Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’, new release date!

Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron‘s “Gravity” finally has a release date. It will come out in theaters October 4th, 2013. 

The science fiction thriller stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. Read More

Jack Rico


2012/11/05 at 12:00am

Top 10 Hispanic directors that could direct Star Wars VII!

As you might have heard, Disney purchased Lucasfilm for 4 billion dollars, and with it, the Star Wars and Indiana Jones saga. The big talks to come out of that deal is that Disney is gun-ho on continuing the Star Wars saga, ergo, the seventh chapter of the series. For now Indy is out of the conversation.

With a look into the future of the iconic sci-fi franchise, we pick 10 directors – Hispanic directors – that possess the skill, vision and passion to take it into the next 35 years. By selecting these helmers and cinephiles, we break Hollywood conventions and give rise to a new generation of directors whom most likely grew up wanting to be the new George Lucas, laser-sword fighting like Luke Skywalker, quoting Han Solo, crushing on Princess Leia and fearing Darth Vader. 

So without further adieu, we pick the Top 10 Hispanic directors we think can and should helm the new Star Wars trilogy. Read More

Jack Rico


2012/10/24 at 12:00am

Guillermo Del Toro’s Top 5 Monsters of All Time!

Guillermo Del Toro's Top 5 Monsters of All Time!

When such cinematic detritus as Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (read our review) is out in theaters, blatantly robbing people of their hard earned money, it is then when one can appreciate in a better light the remarkable work Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

Recently, he spoke to ABC/ about monsters and his realtionship with them in film and his perspective is far more than generic and equivocal – it is passionate and comprehensive. He is a connoisseur of the genre and his films reflect it, whether he is directing them or producing them. So when asked to name his Top 5 monsters in Hollywood history, he was not shy on quickly divulging the information:


1. Frankenstein’s Monster

2. The Loch Ness Monster

3. Ridley Scott’s Alien

4. The Bride of Frankenstein

5. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

You can read his insightful interview right here.

And if you’d like to check out the trailer of his new produced horror movie Mamá, catch it below. January 18th, 2013 seems too long to wait!

Mack Chico


2012/02/21 at 12:00am

Guillermo del Toro to produce ‘Day of the Dead’

Guillermo del Toro to produce 'Day of the Dead'

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Mexican director Guillermo del Toro will be producing ‘Day of the Dead,’ a CG-animated movie. Del Toro will also present the film, which is being directed and co-written by Jorge R. Gutierrez (the co-creator of a Nickelodeon show named El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera) and is being eyed for a fall 2014 release.

‘Day of the Dead’ is described as a Romeo and Juliet-style love story set against the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead.

Music will play a key part in the movie and producers are hoping to snag an international who’s who for the soundtrack.

Reel FX who is also producing, is currently working on an animated feature adaptation of the Dark Horse graphic novel Beasts Of Burden.

Jack Rico


2012/01/03 at 12:00am

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is certainly the master of suspense our generation. He now co-produces and co-writes (notice how he doesn’t direct) his latest project of fear ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark‘ which is a light stain in his magnificent career.

The plot revolves around Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison) a lonely, withdrawn child who just came to Rhode Island to live with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) in a nineteenth century mansion that is being restored. While exploring the neglected property, the girl discovers a cellar, abandoned since the strange disappearance of the builder of the mansion, a hundred years ago. Soon the young girl discovers that living under the stairs are strange and sinister creatures willing to kill for their freedom.


‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’, a remake of the 1973 television series of the same name, is a haunted house movie, whose poor debutant director, Troy Nixey, does what he can to try to salvage the unsalvageable. The big problem here are the small dwarf monsters that produce more laughs than scares. The design of the creatures feels too unreal, to the extent you get used to it and it ceases to be scary or funny, to that point.

No one expects to find a masterpiece when it comes to genre of terror. But expectations may very well change, when you say that Guillermo del Toro is involved behind the scenes. One expects a cult film for the ages! But it was not so … the script, one of the lowest points of the film, is laughable, there are scenes too trite, too many explanations and situations that are not fully understood. One ends up almost up in arms, scratching their head wondering why such inconherence.

Anyway, to beat the boredom on DVD this choice isn’t so terrible, but the buying the darn thng would buy a disservice to your pocket. One thing left to say is that you will most likely come away feeling jipped and wanting to see something really creepy like ‘The Strangers‘ and ‘Paranormal Activity 3‘. Guillermo, you owe us one!

Jack Rico


2011/02/17 at 12:00am

‘El méxicano’ Guillermo Del Toro to do ‘Pinocchio 3D’

'El méxicano' Guillermo Del Toro to do 'Pinocchio 3D'

2011 seems to be the year of Hispanics in Hollywood. With so many new Spaniard and Latin American directors, actors and screenwriters getting play in Hollywood, it’s a good time to speak Spanish in the movie business.

One of the first, and perhaps most revered Mexican directors in the US movie space, Guillermo del Toro, is teaming up with The Jim Henson Company and Pathe to do a 3D stop motion animated adaptation of Pinocchio, according to

Gris Grimly is set to co-direct with Mark Gustafson, and production will begin later this year.  The concept was conceived by Del Toro, but Matthew Robbins wrote the script.

According to the site, this new version of Pinocchio, made famous by Disney, is aimed at an audience 10 years and up, though it will be a bit scarier.

“There has to be darkness in any fairy tale or children’s narrative work, something the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and Walt Disney understood,” del Toro said. “We tend to call something Disney-fied, but a lot of people forget how powerfully disturbing the best animated Disney movies are, including those kids being turned into donkeys in Pinocchio. What we’re trying to do is present a Pinocchio that is more faithful to the take that Colodi wrote. That is more surreal and slightly darker than what we’ve seen before.”

For instance: “the Blue Fairy is really a dead girl’s spirit,” del Toro said. “Pinocchio has strange moments of lucid dreaming bordering on hallucinations, with black rabbits. The sperm whale that swallows Pinocchio was actually a giant dogfish, which allows for more classical scale and design. The many mishaps Pinocchio goes through include several near-death close calls, a lot more harrowing moments. The key with this is not making any of it feel gratuitous, because the story is integrated with moments of comedy and beauty. He’s one of the great characters, whose purity and innocence allows him to survive in this bleak landscape of robbers and thugs, emerging from the darkness with his soul intact.”

This isn’t the only thing the gifted Mexican director/producer is working on. Del Toro is about to embark on a project with James Cameron called At the Mountains of Madness, the R-rated $125 million 3D live action adaptation of the HP Lovecraft tale about the discovery by scientists of horrific aliens thawing in Antarctica. The film has Tom Cruise as the star and Del Toro expects to start this by May.

Del Toro has long been a stop motion fan. “I’ve had a special effects house for a decade in Mexico, and we were one of the first stop motion animated houses where a lot of influential animators trained,” he said.

Here are some concept pictures from the new Pinocchio film that Del Toro submitted to the site.

Jack Rico


2010/12/08 at 12:00am

Guillermo del Toro releases Mexican debut film ‘Cronos’

Guillermo del Toro releases Mexican debut film 'Cronos'

I have been waiting years to see CRONOS, Guillermo Del Toro’s debut horror mexican bilingual film, which gave us the first indication of what he had in store for all of us back in 1993. Finally, the DVD and bluray edition are finally here, courtesy of Criterion, and also available for all to see on Netflix Streaming, which is where I’m going to see it today. scored an exclusive interview with Guillermo Del Toro about the buray edition which you can read in it’s entirety here.

Cronos is about an alchemist who in 1535 builds an extraordinary mechanism encapsulated into a small golden device. The invention, designed to convey eternal life to its owner, survives its maker until 1997, when it shows up with an antiques dealer. Fascinated with the strange device, Gris (Luppi) doesn’t note that there’s more than one person looking for it. The promise of eternal life has become an obsession for old and sick Mr. De la Guardia (Brook). He and his nephew (Ron Perlman) will do anything to get the Chronos Invention.

Jack Rico


2010/07/29 at 12:00am

Guillermo del Toro, Cameron pair up for ‘Madness’!

Guillermo del Toro, Cameron pair up for 'Madness'!

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro will direct “At the Mountain of Madness,” adapted from the novel by HP Lovecraft, with the production help of James Cameron, director of “Avatar.”

The plot tells the story of an expedition to Antarctica in the 30s, during which a group of scientists found a mysterious and ancient city. According to Deadline Hollywood, the movie will be made in 3D.

Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) will create a fantasy and horror film, which will require a substantial budget.

Mack Chico


2010/07/22 at 12:00am

Guillermo Del Toro to direct ‘The Haunted Mansion’!

Guillermo Del Toro to direct 'The Haunted Mansion'!

Disney Pictures just sent out a press release to all media outlets announcing that Mexican director Guillermo del Toro will be directing The Haunted Mansion.

Below is the actual text from the release:

Guillermo del Toro surprised the 6,500 fans gathered today at Comic-Con with the announcement that he is currently developing a new film for The Walt Disney Studios based on the classic Disney theme park attraction, The Haunted Mansion.

“Dark imagery is an integral part of the Walt Disney legacy. After all, Disney himself was the father of some really chilling moments and characters – think Chernabog from Fantasia or Maleficent as the Dragon or the Evil Queen in Snow White,” said del Toro. “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of my own adaptation of the original theme park attraction Walt envisioned and that remains- for me- the most desirable piece of real
estate in the whole world!”

“Millions of people from around the world visit The Haunted Mansion each year, but no one has ever had a tour guide like Guillermo del Toro,” said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “Guillermo is one of the most gifted and innovative filmmakers working today and he is going to take audiences on a visually-thrilling journey like they’ve never experienced before.”

Since August 1969, foolish mortals have dared to trespass on the macabre grounds of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. A hallowed landmark in Disneyland’s New Orleans square, it’s the dwelling place of 999 happy haunts dying to meet new visitors each day. The plantation-style of the mansion’s facade is a sweet deception for visitors. Inside, ghostly doom buggies line the hallways. Since its construction, the mysteries of the mansion have transcended the attraction with stories surfacing about horrifying encounters with the supernatural. Versions of the daunting edifice have been built at other Disney theme parks in Orlando, Tokyo and Paris.

Mack Chico


2009/05/08 at 12:00am

Katie Holmes to star in Guillermo del Toro thriller

Katie Holmes to star in Guillermo del Toro thriller

Katie Holmes will star in “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” a thriller for Miramax Films that was scripted by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins.

Del Toro is producing with Mark Johnson and the film will be directed by del Toro protege Troy Nixey.

The film will shoot this summer in Melbourne as a “Guillermo del Toro Presentation.”

“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” is based on a 1973 ABC telepic about a young girl who moves in with her father and his girlfriend and discovers they are sharing the house with devilish creatures.

Nixey, a comicbook artist, is making his feature directing debut. Del Toro sparked to “Latchkey’s Lament,” a Nixey-directed short that captured the tone del Toro wanted for “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.”

Del Toro and Johnson are also teamed with Gary Ungar to produce “Hater,” an adaptation of the David Moody horror novel that will be directed at Universal by Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Orphanage”).

Holmes most recently completed “The Extra Man,” directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.

Del Toro is busy readying “The Hobbit,” which he’s writing with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. That film shoots next year.

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