Del Toro Booked for Next Nine Years

del Toro'sm massive slateAn article in this morning’s Variety lays out all the projects Guillermo del Toro is attached to between now and 2017(!). Aside from the five years he’s set aside for The Hobbit, Universal has some huge plans for his post-Tolkien work. Doesn’t look like he’ll be making any small, Pan’s Labyrinth-sized films anytime soon.

The trade reports that Uni has del Toro committed to four directing projects, including remakes of Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Slaughterhouse Five (!), as well as the Dan Simmons novel about Charles Dickens’ final days, Drood, which is out this February (pre-order it here).

As if that weren’t enough, Universal still wants to be the ones to make sure Del Toro’s “pet project”, as the trade refers to it, At the Mountains of Madness gets made, but there’s no timeline in place for that yet. Of course.

On the producing front, del Toro will be lending his name and wide berth of knowledge to Hater, the adaptation of the David Moody novel in which society all of a sudden turns (more) violent against one another and the deaths pile up, and Crimson Peak, a Gothic romance he wrote with Mimic co-writer Matthew Robbins.

As for Hellboy III, del Toro had this to say, “We laid the groundwork to have a magnificent third act. I’d like to return to an action franchise with 60-year-old actor Ron Perlman, because he’ll be scratching at that age when I get to it.”

Of course there’s only one place you need to be to keep up-to-date on all of these projects, so don’t move a muscle!

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  • Cash Bailey

    Even before the whole PAN’S LABYRINTH/THE HOBBIT hype around Del Toro he has ALWAYS been a major flirter with projects, announcing awesome-sounding films every two months or so.

    And much like other notorious ditherers like David Fincher and Eli Roth, Del Toro really has no chance of making even half of them.

  • Tristan Sinns

    Holy crap, I love Dan Simmons. 😀

  • Gus Bjork

    I doubt Universal or New Line would go for it but it would seem to be that filming Mountains of Madness would take place in New Zealand where the Hobbit is taking place (…rumor mill…Brendon Gleason as Bilbo?). I see Mountains of Madness as a small film and perhaps a deal could be brokered.

    Regardless of Del Toro it’s interesting to see Universal getting excited about their monsters again. Let’s hope the Wolf Man does well and see if they can get a bunch of these moving.

  • elric300

    Breaking it down in the the briefest of suppositions…

    FRANKENSTEIN: I’ve heard that Del Toro speak about this. This could be brilliant, in his hands.

    DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE: I wouldn’t expect this to be one of the first in this deal, but again, should be great. And…different.

    SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE: Meh, with everything else on his plate, I don’t se this as a directing priority. Maybe he’ll help produce or something.

    AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS: Oh yes. Oh, hellayes.

    HELLBOY III: Pretty much a given, assuming Universal can stand the wait, though I don’t see them proceeding without Del Toro.

    VERY savvy of Universal to snag Del Toro just before he signed up for THE HOBBIT and LOTR setup/prequel He’s big now, but after those two films, he’ll be HUGE.

    I’m so happy to see the big boys finally begin to “get it” where Del Toro is concerned. The man is brilliant, imho.

    Quite a ways from the shy guy who barely spoke English at the premiere of the excellent CRONOS a few years back :).