Photo: Busy Guillermo: 'Pan's Labyrinth' the Musical, Directing 'Crimson Peak', Premiering 'Pacific Rim'
Guillermo del Toro is a busy, busy man.
The horror king has a number of projects flying around including the upcoming under-siege flick Pacific Rim, the stage adaptation of his award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth, and his plans to take the reigns on the film Crimson Peak.
First out with be Pacific Rim which is set to open on July 12, 2013. It tells the story of San Francisco being attacked by aliens using fictional television news reports. The Warner Bros film stars Idris Alba, Ron Perlman, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Charlie Hunnam.
Deadline recently revealed del Toro’s plans to take Pan’s Labyrinth, the 2006 film that won 3 Oscars and saw del Toro nominated for Best Writing of an Original Screenplay, to the stage as a musical.
Pan’s Labyrinth tells the story of a young girl in fascist Spain in 1994 who is fascinated with fairy-tales. She and her pregnant mother are sent to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she’s a princess, but must prove her she is a royal by surviving three tasks. Should she fail to prove she is the true princess she will never see the king, her real father, again.
Del Toro has reportedly wanted to bring the film to the stage for quite some time and with the help of Jeremy Unger, Paul Williams, and Gustavo Santaolalla is finally able to do so.
Crimson Peak is also on the agenda, and del Toro will be director the film for Legendary Pictures, which also backed Pacific Rim.
Del Toro has decribed the fright-flick as “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story.” The film is set to begin shooting in early 2014.
We guess we should also mention del Toro also worked on a screenplay with some guy named Peter Jackson, on some little movie called The Hobbit, which opens next week on December 14. We hear it’s part of a trilogy of indie films known as the Lord of the Rings. But meh, no big deal.