As much as we would have liked to have seen them, Guillermo del Toro‘s version of The Hobbit and planned adaptation of At Mountains Of Madness never happened, though the filmmakers admits that if he had the money he would like to still work on the latter. And as much as it pains Universal, the studio was forced to take the director’s Pacific Rim 2 off the release schedule following rumors of delays and concerns over the first film’s box office performance. But that hasn’t stopped the del Toro from talking about the sequel, even while he is on the current Crimson Peak press tour.
While the director said that he was going to turn in a budget and a script to Universal in the coming weeks, del Toro seems to be anticipating that Pacific Rim 2 won’t get the green light. So he has announced his fantastic newest project called Silver, which he describes as a black & white film that sees Mexican wrestlers fight vampire politicians. More on the story below.
Del Toro revealed the details of Silver to The Guardian while promoting Crimson Peak. During the interview he said,
“˜Silva,’ [sic] which he sees as a black-and-white, low-budget project, was a casualty of the early termination of his film-making career in Mexico; his family fled the country for Toronto after his father was kidnapped and the family paid a ruinous ransom.
The director did hint at wanting to do something on a smaller scale and something that was out of his comfort zone. The description also fits what he has said previously about his future projects,
“It would probably be about World War II or a crime noir. I’m not easily scared in real life, but I’m scared of crime and politicians.”
It’s crazy (and eye-opening) to know that such a significant event of del Toro’s life would serve as an inspiration for a movie that would be commentary/fantasy metaphor on a nation’s politics. But if anyone can execute that vision it’s del Toro. These small-scale films also seem to be motivating the director to walk away from big-budget projects, and hints that the studio politics as one of the reasons why he may walk away from “big, giant Hollywood,” movies,
What I can tell you quite safely is, I don’t intend to keep on doing big, giant Hollywood movies for much longer. “˜Crimson Peak’ is a great permit for me to work on a smaller scale. I mean, it’s big for a drama, but it’s a much smaller undertaking than “˜Pacific Rim’ or “˜Hellboy.’ I can’t say which ones, but I’ve been offered gigantic movies in the superhero genre, but I don’t like the superheroes that are”¦ nice. I like the dark ones, so “˜Blade’ and “˜Hellboy’ were right for me. The mechanics of action only interest me when it’s a universe very, very close to my heart, which “˜Pacific Rim’ is, and I love it. I’m not going to pursue action movies or superhero movies at all any more. I hope I can go back to doing the smaller, weirder ones.
Well that sounds oddly familiar. Ava DuVernay said something similar when she passed on Black Panther. In the end, this could work only because these acclaimed directors are going to come out with more original films.
Finally, it seems that there is a new player in the writing for Pacific Rim 2. John Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange) is also working on the script.
Just as our article was about to post, we saw that Del Toro posted two clarifying tweets to his Twitter account to correct the NY Times and other sites that misunderstand his pronunciation of “Silver” as “Silva,” and also to state that Silver will not be his next film:
[Source: The Guardian via The Playlist]