Guillermo del Toro Talks HEAVEN SENT, DOCTOR STRANGE, PACIFIC RIM And Why He Gets Attached To So Many Projects

At this point del Toro may be just as famous for the movies that he doesn't direct than the films he does. He addressed that here a bit and also talks a bit more about Heaven Sent calling it a 'probability but not reality', comparing it to past rumors of a del Toro/Neil Gaiman Doctor Strange.

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By Mark Julian - 11/14/2012


There are many del Toro fans out there, he virtually has the market cornered on dark fantasy. But there's a long list of projects that have or had his name attached that either didn't come to pass or moved forward with someone else in the director's chair. Here, del Toro responds to the fact that he gets his name attached to a high number of film projects that never bear fruit.

"Yeah, but it's funny: a lot of the attachments that are announced are not real. A lot of them are -- I'm not denying it. But a lot of them happen -- like, I was attached to Dreamworks three years ago and I've worked on four movies."

Those four movies happen to be Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots and the forthcoming Rise of the Guardians and Kung Fu Panda 3. Four films that del Toro was or is serving as executive producer, not director. A point the interviewer doesn't miss. Del Toro's response?

"No. As a director, true. But, I gave two years of those four years to "The Hobbit" and one year to "At the Mountains of Madness." And I thought, in both cases, that they were going to be the next movie. You don't control this."

Del Toro also plainly states that it's inaccurate to say that he signs up for these projects and then it's him that changes his mind or realizes that the project can't be done. If he has his way, he doesn't ever want to go this long again without directing a film.

"I don't want to ever go another four more years without directing if I can help it. But, it may happen. I like very much taking those movies serially -- and putting a year of pre-production and design and put all the love that is needed. And a thing like "Pacific Rim" is a huge design.

You know, it's funny. The first two days of shoots [for Pacific Rim], I prepared those two days more than ever except maybe my first movie. Because I wanted to not have any hitch. So, the first two days of shoots, I was half a day ahead of schedule. I was not rusty, you know? At the end of the movie, we were four days under schedule. And we were severely under budget -- we were able to allocate that budget into more of the effects. So it was very important for me to have that movie be a fiscal exercise on my craft as much as an artistic endeavor. I wanted to prove to myself that you don't get rusty -- that you can go right back to the bike and ride it."


And on that Heaven Sent project? He remains hopefully optimistic but the fact that he brought up Doctor Strange (one of those projects he was rumored for that never went anywhere) should make you hedge your bets.

"[Heaven Sent] is a probability. But, see, the problem is that a lot of people get a hold of things before they are a reality. Like, for a while, people were talking about the "Dr. Strange" movie. I said, "I'm not involved. At all." And then they were talking about another movie and two or three times I had to say, "I'm not involved." In this case, I hope it happens."



There a bit more in the interview over at The Huffington Post where del Toro goes into details about Rise of the Guardians which opens November 21st. Heaven Sent (if it happens) is rumored for a 2020 release. Also, click HERE to see a video where del Toro talks about the Doctor Strange project.

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Source: Huffington Post
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superotherside - 11/14/2012, 7:05 PM
Hope he directs Dr. Strange...
superotherside - 11/14/2012, 7:06 PM
Although I'd like to make sure he does make it fit into the MCU. That's a must. Seriously how awesome would a Defenders movie be!
Hellsboy - 11/14/2012, 7:18 PM
he needs to do heaven sent and hellboy 3 he will probably get around to doctor strange just give it time
TheHawkWithin - 11/14/2012, 7:26 PM
Heaven Sent won't be made, at least not with this guy attached.
angus666 - 11/14/2012, 7:40 PM
I recall him saying something about a Haunted Mansion movie. I for one am a fan of the Haunted Mansion and Disneyland in general, so I'd like to see that. I'm not childish or anything, but I could go on vacation to Disneyland every year and have fun even now.
Preston - 11/14/2012, 7:42 PM
He has an artistic style that lends itself well to many comic properties. He is my pick for a BATMAN movie. I think that we haven't seen a real Gotham since Anton Furst, Bo Welch, and Stan Winston tackled the Dark Knight in the late eighties and early nineties.

He has that Gothic sensibility that would bring Gotham to life. Scott Snyder in 'Batman: Gates of Gotham' he shows that Gotham city itself is a character; a director tackling BATMAN should understand that. Plus, the more lively characters like Clayface, Mister Freeze, Killer Croc, Man-Bat, Scarecrow, and even the Joker with Harley Quinn could use the Del Torro treatment.

Plus, we can all see him doing The Vertigo characters, the MARVEL knight characters, and almost every other character that requires a touch of fantasy. We trust that he can deliver the goods.

One of the things that you can notice from his movies is that every movie he makes is a labor of love. Hellboy was a fantastic movie made on a budget of $66 Million. Most director with $66 Million produce garbage. So, that means that he makes every nickel count to boot.

By the way, I think that WB needs him more than Disney.

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DrDoom - 11/14/2012, 7:45 PM
He'd make a phenomenal Doctor Strange film.
HAILHYDRA - 11/14/2012, 7:46 PM
Marvel Studios tends to pick directors that don't always make the most sense. And this one makes perfect sense, so I wouldn't count on it.
HAILHYDRA - 11/14/2012, 7:46 PM
^For Dr.Strange, I mean.
IronManny819 - 11/14/2012, 7:49 PM
Hoping to God "Heaven Sent" happens (See what I did there?). In a perfect world, Del Toro would direct a Doc Hammer written Dr. Strange.
StarkAnthony - 11/14/2012, 7:59 PM
Why bother to speculate on a movie that isn't expected for another seven and a half years?
camlabar - 11/14/2012, 8:28 PM
I would love for Toro to get involved with DC movies. Right now I am not happy with the slow production of their movies. We don't even know if Justice League will even get made. Or Lobo for that matter.

It seems like Heaven Sent( and Lobo for that matter ) is a waste of time if you are trying to make movies for each main character for the Justice League. People are going to want to see movies for these characters before they make Heaven Sent.

But... They should still make Heaven Sent with Toro.
and... because Im a DC fan... hopefully Toro doesn't direct Doctor Strange.
Morbius - 11/14/2012, 8:43 PM
He can make Doctor Strange cool but I also want Hellboy 3
mgeoff88 - 11/14/2012, 9:14 PM
I wouldn't mind if he ended up directing both Doctor Strange and Heaven Sent.
Jollem - 11/14/2012, 9:17 PM
gdt is a great talent. people wanna bash him on not doing this or that. it's not his fault. it's chaotic and hectic in the hollywood biz, i'm assuming
Parker2017 - 11/14/2012, 11:47 PM
i would like to see him do Strange, hell I would love to see a spider-man movie directed by Del Toro with Marvel Studios. Ron Peralman as HammerHead anyone?


as far as I am aware of Del Toro turned a final draft of Haunted mansion to disney this year, so...heres hoping we see that film.
GUNSMITH - 11/15/2012, 3:26 AM
DEL TORO IS PERFECT FOR DR STRANGE...SERIOUSLY A NO BRAINER, HE'S THE GUY TO DO IT JUSTICE.
Nemeres - 11/15/2012, 4:19 AM
A dude as boundless as Del Toro directing just another Marvel movie like Doctor Strange? Just so the Avengers can have another member? Huge yawn. Stick with your stuff, Guillermo, you're doing great.
Hitboyj - 11/15/2012, 4:49 AM
Dr Strange Cood ( cool + good)
Hitboyj - 11/15/2012, 5:00 AM
Nomis classic gif lol
TheSoulEater - 11/15/2012, 9:46 AM
He'd be a remarkable Strange director
DukeAcureds - 11/15/2012, 11:19 AM
Heaven Sent woud be awesomage incarnate.
DukeAcureds - 11/15/2012, 11:20 AM
It was The Hobbit (more specifically Peter Jackson dicking him around) that stopped him from making most of these movies. Thank [frick] for James Cameron advising him to get out and do his own thing.
bigstu62 - 11/15/2012, 11:02 PM
Since Marvel and comic movies like trilogies Dr. Strange's villians should go like this-
First movie- Baron Mordo
Second movie- Nightmare leading to-
Third movie- Dormammu

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