Is Guillermo del Toro Involved with Legendary's Paradise Lost?
Another Comic-Con secret slowing making its way out? Legendary Pictures seems to have been doing some sneaky viral marketing for their upcoming projects. Not only did they give out those Godzilla shirts (and that movie doesn't even have a director yet), but our own Ethan got a shirt from the Legendary booth with a giant beanstalk going up the middle and a tiny Jack climbing up it (with Bryan Singer's signature on the back - for Jack the Giant Killer). Now another new shirt has been found on ComingSoon this time with artwork of a conquistador called El Guerrero (seen below) and Guillermo del Toro's signature on the back.
I don't want to jump to conclusions too quickly, especially since it was just announced that he'd be directing At the Mountains of Madness next year and developing The Haunted Mansion, but this seems like a big hint Legendary is giving us. I also got a shirt with Xerxes artwork with Zack Snyder's signature. If they're hinting at these movies with director's signatures on the back, and there's one with a Spanish conquistador on it and it just so happens that Legendary is developing a Paradise Lost project, it seems more likely than not that this is true. ComingSoon also pointed out that Scott Derrickson, who was originally set to direct that movie, also mentioned back in 2008 that "he was going to talk with del Toro about [this] project." Very interesting.
Maybe that conversation sparked something and maybe Legendary is giving us the hint that Guillermo del Toro might be helming, or involved in some way, with the Paradise Lost movie. Silas, who wrote the piece, expertly explains: "The balance of God's Cross and Satan's Ram, however, does fit the theme. A sword is also prominent in the Milton verse, though it is iconic for being aflame, which this one is not." The artwork seen below was drawn by Tim Bradstreet and he found similar versions on his Facebook page. However, Silas also says other similar art depicts "Elric of Melnibone" instead with a mention of Guillermo, so who knows?
We're not sure what to make of all this yet but it is interesting and is definitely something we'll be following. Whether del Toro is involved in their Paradise Lost movie or a Elric of Melnibone project (a 1960's fantasy series), we're not sure, but I'd be up for seeing either in addition to del Toro's work on At the Mountains of Madness. We'll keep you updated on anything else we hear. Can anyone make some sense of all this?