Guillermo del Toro Making a Small B&W Film Before 'Pacific Rim 2'

July 9, 2014
Source: Collider

Guillermo del Toro

We know that after director Guillermo del Toro is finished with his current horror production Crimson Peak, he already has Pacific Rim 2 coming in 2017. However, the filmmaker has something brewing that he plans to do between the two studio films. Speaking with Collider, del Toro reveals that he's working on a smaller black and white film that he will be working on starting next February or March. Of course, del Toro is mum on details, but he calls the project a "very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre." He plans to be done with the film before pre-production on Pacific Rim begins in August of 2015. Read on!

As for what we can expect from the film, he only reveals some little tidbits:

“It’s a very small cast. I would love to have John Hurt, and there’s an actress that I have in mind that is not well-known but I’ve seen her in a short film. That’s all she’s really done, one feature and one short, but she has an incredibly interesting taste and I’m gonna try her out for the main role.”

He also mentions there will be "one great creature in it" and there's already a title that he's not ready to reveal quite yet. As much as I love del Toro's bigger blockbuster films like the Hellboy franchise and Pacific Rim, his film The Devil's Backbone is still his best work. And just thinking of del Toro working on black and white is enticing in itself. With production beginning sometime early next year, hopefully we'll hear more about the film. But del Toro might play this one close to the vest, and he could easily keep it secret if it's a low profile film too. Still, we're excited for whatever this may be. Sound good?

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  • Chris Groves
    I honestly think that the 5 year gap between Hellboy 2 and Pacific Rim might have had some kind of negative impact on his directing. PR was very good overall, but perhaps the layoff gave him a bit of 'ring rust' so to speak. I think that doing smaller films like Crimson Peak and this black and white project(and The Strain pilot) will help him sharpen or re-sharpen his skill set a bit, and that he will then be able to bring that to the next Pacific Rim. And this allows them plenty of time to work on and refine the PR 2 script.
  • Dan Hibiki
    Are mountains involved? How about madness?
    • MattPeloquin
      Considering how Universal pulled the plug on that project due to its enormous budget I seriously doubt this black & white indie flick is that project.
      • OfficialJab
        Really? That seems like the perfect fit for it. Less studio interfering since its not so high-risk.
        • MattPeloquin
          Where does he get the money to create the digital creatures? That's $100m right there.
          • OfficialJab
            - Cheaper in B&W (guessing, but I think colouring must be a huge step in something like PR and Transformers etc) - The creatures can be evoked without outright showing them like we're all used to now. In fact for ones like this that it would probably be more effective - Movies cost millions as is, and apparently this one has a small cast, they could have a modest vfx budget
          • MattPeloquin
            MoM was cancelled due to its budget being too large, they gave GDT a chance to make it cheaper but he passed so they cancelled. GDT loves his giant monsters.
          • OfficialJab
            He sure does. Pretty sure he is capable of more. My fourth reason I forgot to put down the other day is that if he makes it small scale like this and it become popular, it could turn the studio around because then there would be higher demand for what he wanted to make in the first place.
    I hope there will be puppets.
  • Will
    i think Pans Labyrinth is and was his best to date .. Devils Backbone was good as well .. his foreign titles are the best .They both were good stuff . This series he is involved in that is based on his books , The Strain , looks pretty good , at least the books were good .
  • Chuckee Knowlton
    Good God, Pacific Rim 2?? You've got to be kidding. This guy is gone forever.




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