No Living Clay for del Toro

More names to erase.The idea of enchanted/cursed clay sculptures coming to life and portraying events that have yet to happen is a kick-ass idea for a movie. With Clive Barker acting as executive producer, there’s no way that plot could go to waste, right? Guess I spoke too soon…

Fango brought down the hammer again with the news that the man who was set to produce Born, Guillermo del Toro, has dropped out of the project. Guillermo explained his position, “I was only involved in that very briefly. I liked the idea, but in the course of it also being circled by Connelly and Bettany, my new production outfit Cha Cha Cha came to be formed. I knew I couldn’t juggle too many new projects together as a producer—there were more in my other company, Tequila Gang, too—so something had to get dropped. Born was one of those. I had to choose which were the more urgent ones to concentrate on.

This blow comes only a few weeks after our report that the actors who were supposedly attached to the film said nothing was set in stone (“Stillborn for Jennifer Connelly” – October 2007). So what does this project have going for it now? We’ll just have to wait and see.


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Mike Phalin

Since 1997, Michael Patrick Phalin has been a contributing writer to various websites including Dread Central, iMockery, Bloody Disgusting and KrytenSyxx. During the early 1980s, Phalin's love of the movie industry was fueled by the VHS tapes he found during his time spent at the video rental store his mother worked at. Rather than attending a daycare regularly, young Michael would form a tower of tapes with interesting cover art and go watch each one, the very first of these being the original 'A Nightmare on Elm Street.' From that point he was hooked on horror and the process behind creating special effects. In his twenties, Mike met Steve 'Uncle Creepy' Barton and was soon aiding the horror website Dread Central with film reviews. As the site grew in popularity, Phalin soon started writing news stories and conducting interviews on a daily basis. After a few years, he decided to take a break from writing to focus on other opportunities. After moving to a beach community with his wife Michelle, both were cast to appear in the final season of A&E's home improvement show 'Fix This Yard' in 2013. This event rekindled Mike's love of the entertainment industry. Between the time he spends being with his family, Michael continues to contribute to Dread Central both with writing and photography. In his mid-thirties, Phalin took up oil painting after being inspired by an episode of Bob Ross. Pieces of his artwork and photography can be found on his Tumblr and official website.