Horror Fans can’t catch a break with Warner Bros.’ Justice League Dark! First, the project was shelved when Guillermo Del Toro was initially attached as director. The studio breathed new excitement into the film by announcing that Doug Liman would take over directing duties, and Liman himself explained just two weeks ago that he would approach the film by channeling his inspiration from 1970’s horror classics like The Exorcist and The Omen. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be… Variety reports that he has officially exited the project!
Earlier this year, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola stated on twitter that Hellboy 3 was not going to move forward with original series director Guillermo del Toro. At that time, it was assumed that this meant an end to the lovable red devil on the silver screen, but today Hellboy fans have a reason to celebrate.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Millennium is in negotiations with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin for a new installment that would reboot and relaunch the property. Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment is also producing.” read more
I’m not usually big on rumors (or reporting on them) but when the rumors concern the jumping-off point for my initial love of horror as a young boy, Disney’s The Haunted Mansion attraction, I make an exception.
The Orlando Weekly reported this week that a reliable source (blogger WDW1974) insists that “…a new Haunted Mansion eating venue/experience is coming to the MK, despite the mixed reviews of the Skipper Canteen.”
The Haunted Mansion’s huge fan base certainly has something to do with this idea, as well as the theme park’s recent expansion of dining options. Along with The Beauty and The Beast inspired “Be Our Guest” restaurant (currently the toughest reservation to secure in any Disney theme park) and the Jungle Cruise-based Skipper Canteen, a Haunted Mansion-themed restaurant would continue the trend of expanding on popular Disney properties without adding to or rebooting the rides themselves. read more
In 2006, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth presented an amazing mix of historical fiction and horrifying magical realism that solidified his position as one of the most important directors currently working in film. Because his projects are so diverse, he has not since revisited this style of storytelling. While many fans enjoy his recent works like Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, some have been yearning for Del Toro to return to a more intimate style of storytelling found in Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth. Based on early buzz, these fans may get exactly what they’re looking for this December! read more
Guillermo del Toro confirmed today via Twitter that Hellboy Three “will not happen” in the future, or ever, for that matter.
Hellboy 3 Sorry to report: Spoke w all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 21, 2017
The tweet crushed hopes of Hellboy and Mignolaverse fans worldwide, although the posibilities of another sequel to the film was unlikely due to del Toro’s busy schedule and penchant for starting and then cancelling or abandoning projects. read more
Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim earned approximately $102 million domestic on a $190 million production budget. Normally this kind of performance would keep a studio from ever considering a sequel. However, the film earned another $309 million in the international box office, making it a major worldwide moneymaker.
After a couple of years of uncertainty, Legendary Pictures committed to a sequel. Steven DeKnight has taken over directing duties from del Toro, despite having previously directed just a few television episodes. The movie will introduce new characters in addition to some of the favorites who survived the events of the last film. One of those new characters will be played by John Boyega, of Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens fame. In Uprising, Boyega will play Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost from the first film. Although the movie wont hit theaters for another year, Boyega recently took to Twitter to share a quick glimpse at his character with his fans: read more
Hideo Kojima is back on the block after his very public falling out with Konami. Every since the terrfying P.T. (a playable teaser for Silent Hills, a game meant to be Kojima’s and Guillermo Del Toro’s take on the legendary Silent Hill franchise) dropped on Playstation 4, fans have been clamoring for the video game legend’s take on a full size horror game. But it wasn’t meant to be. Around the time of the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami began to publicly force Hideo Kojima out of the company and shifted focus away from producing AAA titles for home consoles. read more
In an interview with IGN, director Doug Liman promised that he would approach his film Dark Universe (formerly Justice League Dark) differently than previous installments in the fledgling DC Extended Universe. Liman told IGN that “I love those characters, and I love Warner Bros., and I love [producer] Scott Rudin, and it’s — and you know, I get asked to come in and do things that are “unconventional.” If people want conventional, they don’t come to me.”
Liman further reiterated his different approach to the supernatural heroes film stating, “So even if I wanted to be a little bit more conventional, like, the system doesn’t want me to be. But since I do treat every project as a form of a film school, “OK I haven’t done that genre and how am I going to do it and how am I going to do it in a way that no one’s done it before,” so that’s, you know, I haven’t done a comic book film, and that’s — am I going to do it in a new way that’s unlike what anyone else has ever done, and come up with a couple of rules for myself of what we’re not going to do that other people do.” read more
Nothing has endeared Guillermo del Toro to horror fans more than the revelation of his “Bleak House” collection. This enormous collection of memorablia from Universal horror, classic horror writers H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, props from his films, and Disney’s Haunted Mansion are a horrror fan’s dream.
Andy Richter of Conan O’Brien’s TBS Talk show recently visited del Toro’s house and was treated to a personal tour. Now before you get too jealous, Del Toro will be taking “the show on the road” with a series of exhibitions around the country. According to Rocio Ayuso of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association “The exhibit will be a showcase of more than 500 pieces culled from his collection at the Bleak House. According to Del Toro, the show will remain on view at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) between July and November (2016) and after that it will go on tour, starting in Minneapolis and followed by Toronto, Mexico City, Barcelona, Paris, and finally New York City.” Del Toro also published a book in 2013 showcasing his collection entitled Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsesssions. Enjoy this “sneak peak” and hopefully the exhibit will be travelling close to your hometown in the coming years. read more
The second season of The Strain will be coming to Blu-ray and DVD August 23. You can view the full press release below.
The Hunt is on for the Master as THE STRAIN SEASON 2
Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 23
From acclaimed horror Showrunner/Executive Producer/Director/Writer Carlton Cuse along with Co-Creators/Executive Producers/Writers Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
THE STRAIN SEASON 2
The mysterious epidemic transforming the citizens of New York into horrifying creatures continues to rage during the second terrifying season of this acclaimed horror series. While doctors Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) race to create a biological weapon to destroy the creatures, Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) relentlessly searches for an ancient book that may hold the key to defeating the sinister “Master.” Aware that he is now hunted by his handful of unlikely allies, the Master creates even more unstoppable bloodthirsty monsters in this darkly thrilling show that delivers nonstop chills from the first episode through the climactic season finale! read more