Guillermo Del Toro set to direct Crimson Peak
Guillermo Del Toro is on board to direct experimental haunted house thriller 'Crimson Peak' and hopes it will be a "throwback" to the classic films of the genre
Guillermo Del Toro will helm haunted house thriller 'Crimson Peak'.
The 'Pan's Labyrinth' director is keeping plot details of the ghostly tale under wraps, but is keen to "subvert" the rules of horror films in an innovative take on the genre.
He told Deadline.com that the project is "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."
The Mexican director also wants to pay homage to the "grand dames" of the haunted house genre that he grew up watching, which are unashamedly big-budget and set-heavy, unlike many modern films which experiment with hand-held cameras for a more realistic feel.
He explained: "To me that is Robert Wise's 'The Haunting', which was a big movie, beautifully directed, with the house built magnificently. And the other grand daddy is Jack Clayton's The Innocents. I've always tried to make big-sized horror movies like the ones I grew up watching. Films like 'The Omen', 'The Exorcist' and 'The Shining', the latter of which is another Mount Everest of the haunted house movie.
"I loved the way that Kubrick had such control over the big sets he used, and how much big production value there was. I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback."
The film rights were bought from Universal Pictures by Legendary Pictures, who are producing his current project 'Pacific Rim'.
Lucinda Coxon is on board to rewrite Guillermo and Matthew Robbins' original script.
Filming will kick off in February 2014 when the director has wrapped 'Rim' and voice work on his animated Pinocchio film.