Harper Design is set to release “Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notesbooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions” on October 29th.
Written with New York Times best-selling author and filmmaker Marc Scott Zicree, Del Toro’s tome contains notes, drawings, and untold creatures from his private journals and filmmaking diaries, with never-before-seen characters, art, and ideas of things to come.
The book begins with a foreword by James Cameron, who writes that del Toro’s art, “fearlessly confronts life in all its beauty and horror. He sees with the wonder and stark terror of a child. His notebooks are a map of the subconscious, and his films doorways into the dungeons of our dreams, allowing us to confront our own individual hearts of darkness, to do battle and emerge victorious.”
Director, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth) resurrects some historic Halloween goblins and ghouls in “The Simpsons” opening couch gag on this season’s terrifyingly hilarious “Treehouse of Horror XXIV,” airing Sunday, Oct. 6(8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on Fox.
In the couch gag opener, which you can watch inside, Dell Toro throws the crypt wide open with a sequence that features monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history. Then, in the first of three spine-tingling tales in the annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode, Homer travels around Springfield wreaking havoc in a rhyming take on a popular children’s tale. In “Dead and Shoulders,” Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa’s body and they must live together as one.
Earlier this month, ShockTillYouDrop.com ventured to San Francisco for the Pacific Rim press day where we had a chance to sit down one-on-one with director Guillermo del Toro to talk about his first feature film since Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
His latest is another monster-filled romp that stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini and Clifton Collins, Jr. in a tale that pits a human resistance group against kaiju, terrifying, giant monsters that are rising out of the Pacific Ocean. The humans counter this threat with Jaegers, giant robots operated by two pilots.
Shock had spoken to Del Toro about the film previously on the film set; now that we had seen the film, we couldn’t pass up another opportunity to pick his brain more about the making of the project. Inside, he delves into the writing process, weighs in on the mass destruction we’ve been seeing in so many summer tentpoles today and how Pacific Rim stacks up to that, and discusses how the film plays to kids as well.
Picking up where we left off yesterday in our chat with Ron Perlman concerning Hellboy 3, we focus now to his thoughts on the final chapter in the trilogy, should it ever get made.
Perlman thinks Legendary Pictures is the perfect home for the sequel, citing their positive working relationship with Guillermo del Toro as one reason why. What’s the other?
“[Hellboy 3] needs to be twice as big as Hellboy 1 or Hellboy 2. It’s all of these oracles coming home to roost with these apocalyptic things taking place,” Perlman said.
In the midst of the whirlwind Pacific Rim press tour and the prep work he’s doing for The Strain, Guillermo del Toro is currently in early pre-production for Crimson Peak for Legendary Pictures. Shooting doesn’t begin until February 2014, but a cast is already in place. Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain will star.
“Crimson Peak is a much, much, much smaller movie, completely character-driven,” said Del Toro in a one-on-one interview. ”It’s an adult movie, an R-rated movie, pretty adult. Shockingly different from anything I’ve done in the English language. Normally, when I go to do a movie in America for the spectacle and younger audience, for Blade or whatever. This movie’s tone is scary and it’s the first time I get to do a movie more akin to what I do in the Spanish movies.”
Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman sat down with Legendary Pictures head Thomas Tull last night, a break from the San Francisco-based weekend press tour for Pacific Rim.
Del Toro told me this morning, during our one-on-one chat, that Perlman brought up the prospect of Hellboy 3. ”I hate giving pieces about it, but last night, we were at dinner and Ron said, ‘I would be very happy to do Hellboy again, when are we doing Hellboy 3?’ Thomas [Tull] said, ‘I would love to see Hellboy 3.’ He didn’t say he would love to do it he just said he’d like to see it, but today, I’ll ask him.”
Later this morning, we spoke with Perlman agreed Legendary would be a great home for the final chapter in the Hellboy legacy.
For the first time in 20 years, Guillermo del Toro is returning to the small screen to shoot the pilot for The Strain, based on the novel by Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Leading the cast of this tale concerning a viral outbreak of vampirism is Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro, Richard Sammel, John Hurt, Lauren Lee Smith, Jonathan Hyde and Miguel Gomez.
According to Del Toro, who spoke to Shock in a one-on-one interview at the Pacific Rim press day, The Strain is “a very expensive pilot and proposal.”
“I haven’t done TV in 20 years. I started on TV with Alfonso (Cuaron) – we used to do half hour in two days with one camera. The schedule for [Strain] is the 20th of what I’m used to, so for a 48 year old running [laughs] that’s the only part I find daunting,” he said.
Continuing our coverage of just some of the Comic-Con exclusives you’ll find in San Diego next month. Last year, Gentle Giant exercised some of the rights it has with Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth by releasing a Pale Man statue. This year, fans will have the option to get the Faun (pictured). Limited to 250 pieces, this stands at nearly 20-inches tall.
Per GG: This amazing statue is digitally sculpted and cold cast using the finest quality synthetic polystone. A limited edition collectable, each hand-painted statue comes individually numbered and includes a matching certificate of authenticity.
It’s going to set you back about 400 bones.