Legendary and Guillermo Del Toro are getting increasingly cozy. Just as the director is wrapping duties on Pacific Rim, he’s now committing to tackling this Crimson Peak for the company as well. According to Deadline, Peak‘s being positioned as a haunted house ghost story. According to the filmmaker:
“…a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.”
Del Toro goes on to cite The Haunting, The Innocents, The Omen and Exorcist as influences for the new film. It goes unmentioned in Deadline’s piece, but it seems like this project would effectively render The Haunted Mansion, a Disney reboot which was supposed to involve Del Toro, tits up.
The brilliant director also suggests his burgeoning relationship with Legendary may bear new fruits as it pertains to his long laboring At the Mountains of Madness take, a project that once included heavyweights named Cruise and Cameron.
I’ll never bemoan the arrival of a new Del Toro joint, but if we could maybe backburner Peak and get to stepping on At the Mountains of Madness finally, that would be swell.