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Guillermo del Toro Locked In For Next Decade

The director is a very busy man.

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 04, 2008
Source: Variety


Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro
© Universal Pictures
With Guillermo del Toro now living in Middle Earth for the next four to five years and having Frankenstein and H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness on his "Things to do" list, we know the director has a very busy schedule ahead of him.

How busy?

Well, Michael Fleming over at Variety just wrote a spotlight on the director indicating that Del Toro is busy to the year 2017 with all the Universal Pictures projects he has set after he's wrapped up The Hobbit films. Interesting enough, the four Universal films mentioned doesn't even include a possible Hellboy third installment so that would be another project if it's ever greenlit.

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.

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hanso 9/4/2008 5:03:52 AM
Damn, there goes Hellboy 3 and that Dr.Strange entry they had listed on ImDB.
AMiSHPiRATE 9/4/2008 6:45:34 AM
I want David Lynch to handle Dr. Strange.
captm0rgan77 9/4/2008 7:52:28 AM
And what about his interest in a Heavy Metal segment? I hope he has time for that. I'm sure he won't need to actually go anywhere for it. There isn't any actual filming involved. Shit this guy is busy. Good for him. I'll see anything this guy puts out. "Move over Tim Burton, you've lost your touch and Del Toro has found it, dusted it off, smashed it up, molded it into his own, and is running the other direction with it. You have my blessing to continue going mainstream. We Del Toro now."
almostunbiased 9/4/2008 5:26:07 PM
Too bad about Hellboy 3, but with it's so so performance it might not have been made anyway.
NotAFan 9/4/2008 7:36:34 PM
Oh please do you know how easy plans this far into the future fall apart? Just ask James Cameron about SPider-man or Tom Cruise about Iron Man Or Kevin SMith about Super-man!
velgron 9/5/2008 10:01:11 AM
I'll watch anything he makes...
Wiseguy 9/5/2008 6:04:32 PM
I loved Pan's Labyrinth, HB 1 was just ok and 2 was slightly better. My point is that even though his designs and visions show promise most of his works haven't really impressed me. Devil's Backbone and The Orphanage just weren't that good IMHO and haven't watched anything else from him. I REALLY REALLY hope he delivers with The Hobbitts films but this guy seems to get a lot of credit for a not so impressive track record.
kthulhu 9/8/2008 12:29:15 AM
man, i'm so darn disappointed that At The Mountains of Madness is not the movie he's working on next... come on, much as i think Del Toro's is the guru of fantasy movies BUT remakes? in the likes of... Frankenstein? Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde? Slaughterhouse-Five? Drood? i really feel so disappointed... sigh... WHY NOT MAKE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS? ARGH!!!!!!!! TEKELI LI!!! TEKELI LI!!!!
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