Prime Video Finally Adds Twisted Thriller That Nearly Made Guillermo del Toro Quit Directing

Guillermo del Toro
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While screening The Shape of Water at the BFI London Film Festival, Guillermo del Toro took a moment to speak about his experience working with Miramax on his American film debut Mimic. Not surprisingly, the director had an awful time working with disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein. The experience was so bad, in fact, that the Pan’s Labyrinth director nearly resigned from making films at the end of the shoot. Now, the infamous epic is streaming on Prime Video for easy access.

“I really hated the experience,” del Toro began. “My first American experience was almost my last because it was with the Weinsteins and Miramax. I have got to tell you, two horrible things happened in the late nineties, my father was kidnapped and I worked with the Weinsteins. I know which one was worse… the kidnapping made more sense, I knew what they wanted.”

Wow. That sounds brutal. Despite all the turmoil surrounding the production of Mimic, del Toro still managed to make a film that he saw value in.

“I lost casting battles, I lost story battles but the one thing ‘Mimic’ is visually 100% exactly what I wanted,” del Toro said. “The movie is visually gorgeous and it has a couple of sequences I’m very proud of.”

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I’m glad del Toro persevered. The elevated genre cinema landscape would be a very different place without the prolific director’s output. He is a true visionary.

If you’re unfamiliar with the setup for Mimic, it goes something like this: When a cockroach-spread plague threatens to decimate the child population of New York City, evolutionary biologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) and her research associates rig up a species of “Judas” bugs and introduce them into the environment, where they will mimic the diseased roaches and infiltrate their grubby habitats. So far so good … until the bugs keep on evolving and learn to mimic their next prey — humans.

That’s all we have for you at the moment. Stay tuned to the site for more behind-the-scenes confessions as we unearth them. And be sure to follow @DreadCentral on Twitter so you never miss an update. We’re always around to chat about Prime Video horror!



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