Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is busy prepping for his haunted house tale “Crimson Peak” which begins shooting in February, along with doing the pilot for his series based on his “The Strain” novel series.
However, he recently took some time out to do the promo rounds for the “Pacific Rim” disc release and spoke about ‘Crimson’ with Rolling Stone.
Comparing the film with the other haunted house tale he produced, the “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” remake, del Toro says that they’re both quite different in tone:
“The problem with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark was that it was designed to be a PG-13 movie. It was literally a horror movie for a younger generation. I was trying to do the film equivalent of teenage, young adult readers and when they gave it an R rating, the movie couldn’t sustain an R. It had a couple of intense scenes, but it didn’t have the weight to be an R-rated movie.
Crimson Peak is an R-rated movie from the get-go. At the same time, it’s a sincere, beautiful, classical gothic romance that’s very violent and very kinky, in a way. What’s a complete dream is the cast – Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam. it’s amazing. We’ve also been designing the house to the last little corner, and it really is a monumental character in the film. I hope it’s going to be my most beautiful movie.”
del Toro also says he still hopes to one day make his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches,” but it’s all up to Warner Bros. Pictures at the moment.