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Guillermo del Toro Archives - Page 3 of 3 -

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Mack Chico


2009/03/11 at 12:00am

Juan Antonio Bayona could direct ‘Twilight 3’

Juan Antonio Bayona could direct 'Twilight 3'

Could Summit be going genre with its third “Twilight” pic?

Sources indicate that horror wunderkind — and Guillermo Del Toro protege — Juan Antonio Bayona has emerged as one of the finalists to direct “Eclipse,” the third movie in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” franchise.

The studio declined to comment; a rep said producers were looking at a number of candidates.

Bayona’s name has come up in recent months, though generally in a group of other directors — an eclectic list that’s ranged from Paul Weitz to Drew Barrymore to James Mangold;earlier today, in fact, a report on the Twilighters fansite reported it would be Paul Weitz.

Many of the other names have been batted down. Bayona’s name, on the other hand, has surfaced more in recent days as the man who could land the job, in what would mark a bold departure for the franchise.

If he does come aboard, the studio would have brought on a female coming-of-age girl director in Catherine Hardwicke for the first “Twilight” picture, a mainstream Hollywood comedy director in Chris Weitz for sequel “New Moon” and a genre maven for the third picture.

 The shift would make sense on a number of levels — “Eclipse,” while continuing the romances and love triangles of previous books, does contain a mystery of unsolved murders that protags Bella and Edward seek to solve. (Notably, Bayona’s debut “The Orphanage” also contained a plotline centering on children who had been killed under mysterious circumstances.) It also features battles between werewolves and vampires that could call for a practiced genre hand.

Bayona, for those who don’t follow foreign horror directors, is a hot property — the 33-year-old Spaniard  who goes mainy by his last name has been championed by  “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The Hobbit” director del Toro, who has produced and/or godfathered his work. Bayona received rave reviews for his Spanish-language “Orphanage,’ the Picturehouse-released Gothic tale about childhood and loss that was rife with spooks. He’s currently signed on to direct the dystopian thriller “Hater” for Universal. 

That project was to mark his English-language debut. If he and Summit can make a deal work, he may have some vampires to contend with first.

Mack Chico


2008/12/04 at 12:00am

Del Toro and Cuaron to do ‘The Witches’

Del Toro and Cuaron to do 'The Witches'

It was announced back in 2006 that Alfonso Cuaron would direct and Guillermo del Toro would produce a remake of the film, which could easily turn into a mega-franchise. New details have finally surfaced online, which report that producer Guillermo del Toro might direct!

In the original 1990 film a young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse…

Empire got the exclusive low down on Alfonso Cuaron’s involvement in “THE WITCHES”, which would put Del Toro in the director’s chair.

“Although it was rumoured that Cuaron was down to direct, it seems that he will instead be producing, while legend-in-the-making Guillermo Del Toro [taking] the helm,” reports Empire.

“The pair were discussing the potential of adapting the much naughtier Dahl story Uncle Oswald, when the conversation turned to The Witches. Cuaron told us: ‘Guillermo wrote this amazing screenplay really quickly.’

He also said that, ‘It won’t be like the original Nicolas Roeg version, which was a beautiful film,’ because (and this is the very exciting part), del Toro plans to ‘do it completely in stop-motion animation.’ We will just have to wait and see how they could ever replace Roeg’s army of cross-dressing bald-headed extras, however. “

Mack Chico


2008/11/16 at 12:00am

Guillermo del Toro preps new version of ‘Pinocchio’

Guillermo del Toro preps new version of 'Pinocchio'

A new version of “Pinocchio” is on its way to the big screen, this one to be co-directed by acclaimed children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro.

The adaptation, being made by the Jim Henson Co., will be done as a stop-motion animated feature. Henson co-CEOs Brian Henson and Lisa Henson and senior vp feature films Jason Lust are producing.

The aim is to make a dark, twisted retelling of the famous Carlo Collodi fairy tale about the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. In the retelling, when Pinocchio comes to life, he turns out not to be that nice of a boy, creating mischief and playing mean tricks. He eventually learns a few lessons. The story and the look of the feature will be based on the 2002 children’s book illustrated by Grimly, who is repped by Gotham Group.

Sitting with Grimly in the director’s chair will be Adam Parrish King, whose “The Wraith of Cobble Hill” won the short filmmaking award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award in the shorts category.

News of del Toro’s involvement initially broke on the horror Web site Bloody-Disgusting.

The new incarnation of “Pinocchio” looks to have better luck than the previous attempt, which involved Francis Ford Coppola. In 1991, Coppola tried to set up a live-action version at Warners; after an impasse emerged, he tried to set it up at Columbia. The project disintegrated in a costly lawsuit.

Mack Chico


2008/10/04 at 12:00am

Rodrigo Garcia lines up ‘Mother and Child’ with ‘the three amigos’

Rodrigo Garcia lines up 'Mother and Child' with 'the three amigos'

Rodrigo Garcia is ready to tango with his three amigos for the ensemble drama “Mother and Child.”

Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will produce the writer-director’s next feature for their Focus Features International-funded outfit cha cha cha.

The $4.5 million project, produced with Mockingbird Pictures president Julie Lynn, follows the intersecting lives of a 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago and a black woman looking to adopt a baby.

Set to begin a Los Angeles shoot in late December or January, the film continues Garcia’s examination of female characters found in his dramas “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her” and “Nine Lives.”

“Alejandro read a nearly finished draft and challenged me to finish it,” said Garcia, who has been working on the script for more than seven years. “It all takes place in the present, but it was difficult to write because it explores 30 years in the lives of these three women.” Casting for the leads is under way.

Garcia credits his cha cha cha friends — one of whom, Inarritu, executive produced “Lives” — for getting the film off the ground at a time when “hard-nosed realistic dramas” are having a tough time getting financed. “If it wasn’t for those three guys, I’m sure I’d still be shopping it around with extremely little luck,” he said.

Garcia is about to make his big-studio debut at Sony with this month’s supernatural thriller “Passengers,” starring Anne Hathaway, produced by Lynn with Mandate Pictures and Persistent Entertainment. Cha cha cha’s first film out of the gate will be Carlos Cuaron‘s soccer drama “Rudo y Cursi,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.

Jack Rico


2008/09/04 at 12:00am

Guillermo del Toro – indefatigable until 2017

Guillermo del Toro - indefatigable until 2017

Many top film directors have no idea what their next movie is. But Guillermo del Toro is now booked through 2017. And maybe beyond.

Universal — which has a three-year first-look deal with the helmer inked in June ’07 — and del Toro are making a long-term commitment by setting up four directing projects, including remakes of “Frankenstein,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and “Slaughterhouse-Five.”

The fourth project is an adaptation of “Drood,” a Dan Simmons novel acquired by U that will be published in February by Little, Brown.

Of course, del Toro’s first priority is New Line and MGM’s “The Hobbit,” to which he has committed the next five years. He has begun writing “Hobbit” with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, collaborating via video conferencing and trips to New Zealand every three weeks.

While it’s difficult, if not impossible, to plan projects five years into the future, at this point U execs think “Drood” is the most likely to be del Toro’s first post-“Hobbit” directing vehicle.

If both sides have their way, the helmer will belong to Universal after “The Hobbit” wraps.

In addition to the four pics, the studio still has its sights set on del Toro’s pet project, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness.”

As if that is not enough to keep him busy, U also has on the horizon an adaptation of David Moody’s apocalyptic novel “Hater” that del Toro will produce with Mark Johnson but not direct, and “Crimson Peak,” a gothic romance spec script by del Toro and his “Mimic” collaborator Matthew Robbins, which del Toro will produce but not direct.

While he busies himself with “Hobbit,” del Toro will outline the other projects and hire writers. The pics will be supervised at del Toro Prods. by his manager, Gary Ungar, who’ll be exec producer of the films and will oversee the slate with development director Russell Ackerman and U exec Scott Bernstein.

“No one expected ‘The Hobbit’ to come about; it was the most marvelous monkey wrench tossed into my life,” del Toro said. “I consider (the new deals) the renewal of my marital vows with Universal.”

U production prexy Donna Langley said the helmer’s “Hobbit” hiatus will only delay plans to dive into the del Toro business.

“We came out the other side of some tough conversations with a stronger bond and sense of long-term commitment,” Langley said. “Guillermo is in the most prolific time of his life … Joe Johnston on ‘The Wolf Man’ showed us the importance of entrusting the Universal franchise monsters to experienced filmmakers with voices. That was a big impetus for our decision to go with Guillermo to put his creative stamp on these properties.”

Langley said she is intrigued by “Drood,” in which Simmons supposes that survival from a catastrophic train crash changed author Charles Dickens, plunging him into the depths of London depravity and possibly turning him to murder before he wrote his final novel, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”

“It’s the fantasy and gothic horror world Guillermo finds comfortable,” Langley said. “It feels like a great fit for where (we expect) Guillermo will have evolved as a filmmaker five years from now.”

Frankenstein represents a longtime fascination for del Toro, who has made his home a memorabilia shrine to the Karloff monster from the 1931 U film.

“To me, Frankenstein represents the essential human question: ‘Why did my creator throw me here, unprotected, unguided, unaided and lost?’ ” del Toro said. “With that one, they will have to pry it from my cold dead hands to prevent me from directing it.”

On “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” del Toro wants to stick more closely to Robert Louis Stevenson’s prose and explore the addictive high the repressed Jekyll experienced as his murderous alter ego.

Del Toro plans to provide a more literal interpretation of “Slaughterhouse-Five” than in the 1972 film adaptation, hewing closely to the Vonnegut novel about a prisoner in a German WWII POW camp who travels through time and space.

“There are ways that Vonnegut plays with and juxtaposes time that was perhaps too edgy to be tackled on film at that time,” del Toro said.

Meanwhile, del Toro is awaiting word on whether U will embrace a follow-up to “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.” The big-budget film opened in the heat of summer and fell short of blockbuster status in the U.S. but has performed well overseas.

“I think they’ll decide when the last euro hits the piggybank,” del Toro said. “We laid the groundwork to have a magnificent third act. I’d like to return to an action franchise with 60-year-old actor Ron Perlman, because he’ll be scratching at that age when I get to it.”

Langley said the studio is interested and may work with del Toro to add a TV series and online segments to broaden the following before making the series finale.

Del Toro is repped by Endeavor and Exile.

Mack Chico


2008/08/24 at 12:00am

Gael García y Diego Luna ready to show "Rudo y Cursi" in December

Gael García y Diego Luna ready to show "Rudo y Cursi" in December

Leading Mexican heartthrobs Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna will be releasing ‘Rudo y Cursi’ December 19th in Mexico. The dramedy was written and was directed by Carlos Cuarón, who with brother Alfonso co-wrote Y tu mamá también, which also starred the two actors.

Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) co-produces with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director of last year’s Oscar-winning Babel and Guillermo del Toro.

Rudo y Cursi, which broadly translated as “Rough and Corny,” is a tale of love and hate between professional soccer-playing brothers played by Luna and Garcia Bernal.

Inarritu, Alfonso Cuarón and fellow Mexican Guillermo del Toro, who directed last year’s Pan’s Labyrinth, recently formed a production company that will make five films in a $100 million deal with Universal Pictures. Rudo y Cursi is the first film in the package.

Filming took place in the small coastal town of Cihuatlan, close to a banana plantation owned by the Cuarón family that the brothers visited as children.

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