His hotly-anticipated film "Pacific Rim" hasn't even opened anywhere, but director Guillermo del Toro already has a vision of a potential sequel for the monsters vs. robots movie. To Total Film, del Toro shares some updates on the untitled Pacific Rim sequel.
"Travis [Beacham, co-writer] and I have been working on it," says the Mexican filmmaker of "Pacific Rim 2". He goes, "We co-wrote the screenplay on this first one, and now we're hard at work at doing the second one."
He reveals further, "We want to take however long it takes to really find out the idea and try to bridge something that really makes the mythology roll. And in the meantime, I'm going to shoot 'Crimson Peak', which is a ghost story."
"The great thing about Legendary is they're willing to take it to completion in the right way. They're giving us the leeway. Imagine that we're generating the comic book. We're learning more about the [Pacific Rim] world we're creating day by day."
As for his other forthcoming project, "Crimson Peak", del Toro doesn't mind to share a little tidbits. "It's the turn of the century," he says. "So it's the turn of the century and half of the movie takes place in America, and the other half takes place in a crumbling mansion in Cumbria. And basically it's a ghost story and Gothic romance, trying to subvert the rules of the usual Gothing romance."
He explains the horror pic, "It's very much... the first half is a love story, then that love story turns darker. And it's at the same time a ghost story. I'm working at this moment with Lucinda Clarkson who is a really great playwright from the U.K. She has the proper degree of perversity and intelligence to turn it into something interesting to watch."
"It's sort of a very compelling version of the classic Gothic romance, where you have the spookiness and the windswept landscape that dooms the characters, you know?"
del Toro's "Pacific Rim" will hit theaters across the United States on July 12 this year. As for "Crimson Peak", the film still hasn't got an estimated release date but is projected to kick off the production in February 2014. Charlie Hunnam, who leads the upcoming "Pac Rim", reportedly has been poised to reunite with del Toro in the upcoming horror project.