The one dormant film Guillermo del Toro wants to make no matter what | Blastr
There's one film in particular, though, that del Toro really, really wants to make one day, come hell or high water. But which one?
Apparently del Toro is itching to craft a new film adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel The Witches, and he's already got a script that he says he spent two years working on. The problem: Whether The Witches ever gets made is in the hands of Warner Bros.
"The Witches is at Warner Bros., and every time I can, I bring it up," del Toro said. "Every time they say that they’re interested and then nothing happens."
But del Toro said he does have one significant ally on his side when it comes to his adaptation: Dahl's widow, Felicity.
"I can tell you that [Felicity] Liccy Dahl read the screenplay and, when I went to see her at Gypsy House, she said, 'I honestly think it’s the best adaptation of Roald Dahl’s books ever.'"
For the moment, the fate of that apparently wonderful Witches screenplay is very uncertain, but del Toro is determined to make it, even if Warner Bros. puts him through hell.
"If anyone says to me, 'You have to shoot the movie in the most difficult circumstances as you can, but you’ll get to do it,' I would do it," del Toro said.
So, del Toro's put his cards on the table. Now it's Warner Bros.' turn. What do you think? Will he ever get to make The Witches?
In an interview promoting this week's Blu-ray release of Pacific Rim, del Toro confirmed that he and Beacham are at work on the sequel, though at this point they're not sure if anything will move past the script phase.
"No, we are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active," del Toro said. "The decision to green light or not, that’s definitely above my pay rate."
That's encouraging news, though it's always possible the studio execs will take a look at what del Toro and Beacham are planning and get cold feet. But del Toro believes the box-office numbers are only part of the story. It's his hope that, as he and Beacham develop Pacific Rim 2, the first film's fanbase will be a vocal built-in audience waiting for another movie.
"To me, what was beautiful and flattering was how people saw the movie not once or twice but three, four times or more. People that love it, love it with great passion. So I would love to continue telling stories about that world."
Guillermo del Toro Talks JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK; Teases Expanded DC Universe Plans | Collider
**** that...MAKE THIS DC/WB!!!!!!!!Speaking with Cinefilos.it (via LCMG), del Toro said there were no new updates regarding the status of Justice League Dark, but he did confirm that Warner Bros. is working on bringing together one cohesive cinematic universe for its DC properties:
“We’re still on [Justice League Dark] and writing and hopefully it will happen, but there’s no developments that are new. It’s still at Warners. They are making plans for the entire DC Universe, all the superheroes, all the mythologies, and part of that is Justice League Dark. They’re planning on TV, movies, all the media, so we have to fit within that plan.”
It’s no secret that Warner Bros. is keen on kicking off an expanded universe of superhero movies much like Marvel, but their plan has been rather fluid over the last few years, signifying a lack of direction. With the success of Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman on the horizon, the studio may have finally found its footing with regards to its DC properties, and it sounds like a greenlight for JLD is dependent on whether the film fits into WB’s overall plans.
Otto Bathurst To Direct Kevin Costner In Guillermo Del Toro's Midnight Delivery - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors
Guillermo del Toro and Kevin Costner have chosen British director Otto Bathhurst to direct their upcoming thriller Midnight Delivery, according to THR.
In Midnight Delivery, written by Neil Cross from an original idea by del Toro, Costner will play a father who attempts to save his estranged daughter from a Colombian drug ring by agreeing to become a drug mule for the cartel on a midnight flight to London.