Del Toro Busy Through Til 2017

You think your schedule is busy, try being director Guillermo del Toro. Variety reports that the “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy” helmer has such a full schedule that he’s got films booked for the next ten years.

First up of course is “The Hobbit” which he is committed to for the next five years. He has begun co-writing the project and is making trips to New Zealand every three weeks to meet with Peter Jackson and co. on the project.

He and Universal are also committed to four projects for him to direct including an adaptation of Dan Simmons’ “Drood”, a gothic horror story which supposes that after surviving a catastrophic train crash, author Charles Dickens plunged into the depths of London depravity before penning his final novel “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”.

There’s also remakes of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five” which in the latter two cases he wants to stick closer to the original work than previous adaptations have done.

Universal are also still intent of doing del Toro’s pet project, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness” and a potential third “Hellboy” depending upon how the international grosses of the second one do. The studio may also work with del Toro on a TV series and online segments to broaden the fanbase.

Finally there have been discussions about his involvement in adaptations of David Moody’s apocalyptic novel “Hater” and the gothic romance “Crimson Peak” which he co-wrote. Both projects he will only produce, not direct.