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Comic-Con: Guillermo Del Toro Stresses Diversity On ‘The Strain’ & Circular Route To Series

By | Sunday July 27, 2014 @ 4:27pm PDT

Comic-Con: Guillermo Del Toro Stresses Diversity On ‘The Strain’ & Circular Route To Series“For me, it is very important for this show to have Latin characters and Mexican characters that defy the stereotype of gang bangers,” said Guillermo del Toro today at Comic-Con about his series The Strain.

del toro cuse the strain comic con 2014In what was a wide-ranging panel discussion of the new show, the Mexican-born director wasted no time revealing to a packed Hall H his specific intentions for the characters of the vampire series. “I want Gus to become not only a complex character but a full-fledged hero who will kick some ass,” del Toro said of the just-out-of-juvie Augustin “Gus” Elizalde role played by Miguel Gomez. The director also noted that the sense of cultural difference was part of the casting of Mia Maestro and the Dr. Nora Martinez character she plays. “Her being a Latin woman and me being a Latin man, we are very aware of otherness and I thought she could be a good counterpoint to Eph’s (Corey Stoll’s Dr. Ephraim Goodweather) scientific method. “God willing, next season, we have a masked Mexican wrestler to also kick ass,” del Toro added to big laughs.

The vivid and highly stylized The Strain chronicles the NYC head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, played by Stoll as he, fellow scientists and others try to figure out a mysterious viral outbreak that seems to have arrived in America via a European-originated plane of seemingly dead passengers. There … Read More »

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Comic-Con: Guillermo Del Toro Unveils ‘Crimson Peak’, Campaigns For ‘Mountains Of Madness’ & ‘Hellboy 3′

By | Saturday July 26, 2014 @ 3:06pm PDT

Comic-Con: Guillermo Del Toro Unveils ‘Crimson Peak’, Campaigns For ‘Mountains Of Madness’ & ‘Hellboy 3′With Legendary’s Thomas Tull on hand, fanboy fave Guillermo del Toro didn’t waste his SRO Saturday audience in Hall H. After premiering electric and ambitious first-look footage from his gothic romance Crimson Peak, del Toro unabashedly polled the enthusiastic Comic-Con crowd asking if they’d like to see another sequel to his Hellboy films. “Hellboy 3? They’re listening! At The Mountains of Madness?” Both passion pics are in hot demand with the filmmaker’s fans, who unleashed deafening screams of support.

Related: Comic-Con: Fox Brings The Biz For Del Toro’s ‘Book Of Life’

At The Mountains Of MadnessAre Tull and Legendary also onboard? ”When you’re done with PacRim 2, we’ll talk,” Tull answered onstage minutes later.

Hellboy 3 would be a Comic-Con no-brainer, but you could make a movie about del Toro’s aggressive pursuit of converting  the H.P. Lovecraft novella At The Mountains Of Madness into a feature film. legendaryentertainment__140228183941-275x124The saga stalled when — with Universal getting very close to production with del Toro directing and Tom Cruise ready to star — it called a halt because del Toro would not budge on the possibility that the film might come in with an R rating. That was in spring 2011, and he moved on at the time to helm Pacific Rim.

The question is, will an R rating still be a sticking point if Tull decides to jump in after that “talk” to fund what at the time was a $150M-budgeted 3D pic with an R rating. It would be nice to see such a creative filmmaker get to make his passion project.

Related: ‘Pacific Rim’ Toon Series Revealed As Uni Dates Sequel For April 2017

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TCA: FX’s “Revolting” ‘The Strain’ Bucks Romantic GQ Vampire Trend, Creator Guillermo Del Toro Says

By | Monday July 21, 2014 @ 4:32pm PDT

TCA: FX’s “Revolting” ‘The Strain’ Bucks Romantic GQ Vampire Trend, Creator Guillermo Del Toro SaysBefore FX developed The Strain for its lineup, Guillermo del Toro says a broadcast network suggested developing it as a comedy. The Strain, based on the trilogy of novels by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) as the NYC head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team, leading the effort to discover the root of a viral outbreak that seems to have killed all the passengers and crew of a Berlin-originated airplane that turns out to be a strain of vampirism.

Back in 2006, del Toro told TV critics this afternoon at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2014,  the project was sent around for possible development as a TV project. At that time he said, the the only way anybody envisioned vampires was “as a romantic conception of vampires — that sort of GQ version of vampires,” he said. But he was pitching a show in which vampires would be “truly revolting, physically and spiritually.” At one network, he said, he got asked, ” ‘Could you turn it into a comedy?’ I said ‘no’.”

thestrain01-is-the-strain-posterSeries exec producer Carlton Cuse, meanwhile, says that while there are horror elements to the show, he thinks of it much more as an adventure show, along the lines of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, he worked on in its development. “It’s not that scary — it’s not just a horror show,” Cuse insists of The Strain. “The material lent itself to a big pulpy engaging type of storytelling.” Read More »

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FX’s ‘The Strain’ Debuts Strong With Nearly 3M Viewers

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 8:32am PDT

FX’s ‘The Strain’ Debuts Strong With Nearly 3M ViewersIt was icky, dark and something bloodier is definitely going on with The Strain, but that seems OK with viewers.  FX’s new series based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan pulled in an audience of 2.99 million Sunday night for its 1-hour and 42-minute debut at 10PM. That’s 42% better that the cabler’s most recent other drama debut Tyrant did on its June 24th premiere. Showing good DVR life in Live+3 numbers, the Middle East-based series drew 2.1 million viewers for its initial 1-hour and 22-minute opener that Tuesday night. With the first heavily promoted episode directed by del Toro and EP’d by the Pacific Rim director, Hogan and Carlton Cuse, the vampire drama was also 12% higher in terms of its audience than the 2.65 million viewers that the 97-minute debut of limited series Fargo got on April 15.

The Strain follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, played by Corey Stoll, as the NYC head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team. Goodweather and his crew are trying to figure out a mysterious viral outbreak that seems to have arrived via a Berlin-originated plane of seemingly dead passengers. That outbreak reveals itself to be a strain of vampirism. While the series hasn’t officially been picked up for a second cycle, Cuse and del Toro have already said that they don’t want The Strain to go more than 5 seasons.

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‘The Strain’s Showrunner Carlton Cuse Admits Yanked Graphic Billboards Were “Not For Everyone”

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 1:14pm PDT

‘The Strain’s Showrunner Carlton Cuse Admits Yanked Graphic Billboards Were “Not For Everyone”“It may have been too far out there for some people but I personally liked it,” said The Strain showrunner Carlton Cuse today about the graphic billboards FX pulled in some LA locations last week after getting grossed out complaints. The billboards of the upcoming series based on the trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan depicted a close up illustration of a worm coming out of a human eyeball. “I think that the ad was bold and imaginative and clearly not for everyone,” added the former Lost producer today on a strain billboard fxconference call. “I feel the same way,” said del Toro. “I think FX has a great sense of who their audience is,” he added, “the worm with the eye is very powerful.”

“Much as I think that the show has many layers of appeal,” the Pacific Rim director noted the vampire drama might not be for a mass TV audience. “We do go to territories that are pretty extreme and graphic,” del Toro said describing the show as “a thriller with horror elements.”

Despite the pulled billboards, both reiterate the strong support they’ve had from their first meeting with FX. “John Landgraf read all three books and he made the decision that The Strain fit into the portfolio of shows on FX,’ Cuse said. “They give you time to find your footing,” added del Toro as he spoke of the long pre-production time he requested for … Read More »

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UPDATE: Guillermo Del Toro Reveals ‘Pacific Rim’ Animated Series As Universal Confirms Film’s Sequel For April 2017

UPDATE: Guillermo Del Toro Reveals ‘Pacific Rim’ Animated Series As Universal Confirms Film’s Sequel For April 2017UPDATED, 7:28 PM: The Oscar-nominated filmmaker takes a break from working on Crimson Peak in Toronto to tell “Legendary fans” to expect a new TV toon based on Pacific Rim, along with the continuation of the coming book series that started with Year Zero. Watch it below:

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Guillermo Del Toro Won’t Helm ‘Beauty’ With Emma Watson At Warner Bros

By | Thursday June 12, 2014 @ 3:26pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Guillermo del Toro has withdrawn as the Emma Watson Beauty Moviedirector of Beauty, the live-action revisionist take on Beauty And The Beast that has Emma Watson attached to star. Warner Bros has started the process of finding a new director. Del Toro had other commitments, but he’s still firmly part of the movie. He wrote the script, and he’s producing the film with Denise DiNovi. Del Toro is directing the haunted house pic Crimson Peak.

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Regina King Joins FX Series ‘The Strain’

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 6:06pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

reginalingSouthland alumna Regina King is set to recur on FX‘s new drama series The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse. The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called on to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. King will play Ruby Wain, the smart and accomplished manager of philandering rock star Gabriel Bolivar (Jack Kesy). Also cast as a recurring on the series is Melanie Merkosky as Jim Kent’s (Sean Astin) wife Sylvia, who is suffering from cancer. She is repped by The Characters Talent Agency in Toronto. King, repped by  ICM Partners, John Carrabino and Del Shaw, also is starring in Lifetime’s The Gabby Douglas Story.

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FX’s ‘The Strain’ Gets Official 13-Episode Order, Abraham Role To Be Recast

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 12:36pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

While Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse‘s drama The Strain, based on del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire novel trilogy, formally had a pilot order at FX, its series pickup was considered a pure formality. It just came in today. From the onset, when FX landed the project in a bidding war, it hired a full writing staff, with the network committing some $500,000 to creature creation. The Strain now is heading into production on its first season, with the bulk of the scripts already completed and one major casting change. The role of Professor Abraham Setrakian, played in the pilot by John Hurt, is being recast. Filming is slated to begin this month in Toronto for a July premiere. As FX CEO John Landgraf indicated in August, the plan for the series is to run for 39-65 episodes.
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Guillermo Del Toro’s Haunted House Pic Still Called ‘Crimson Peak’

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 9:35am PDT
Mike Fleming

If you’re scoring at home, keep the Guillermo del Toro movie title Crimson Peak intact. I’ve seen reports that the film has been retitled Haunted Peak, but that is just a production entity GDT created for the shoot, which begins February.

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Hot ‘Simpsons’ Intro: Guillermo Del Toro Helms Scary Opener

By | Sunday October 6, 2013 @ 4:36pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Guillermo del Toro is busy directing his haunted house film Crimson Peak, prepping the FX series The Strain — based on the vampire novel trilogy he wrote with Chuck Hogan — and releasing his new book Cabinet of Curiosities. But the master multi-tasker has found the time to direct the opening segment of The Simpsons annual Halloween episode, which premieres tonight on Fox. As with all these other things, he did a frightfully good job, I think.

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Legendary’s ‘Crimson Peak’ Names Tom Hiddleston As Benedict Cumberbatch’s Replacement

The actor who played the villain in ThorAvengers and the upcoming Thor sequel has joined Legendary Pictures‘ Guillermo del Toro-directed Crimson Peak, the company announced today. Tom Hiddleston will take over the role vacated late last month by Benedict Cumberbatch. With participating financing partner Universal Pictures, the Legendary production is slated to begin filming in January. Universal has an option to finance down the line. Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam also star in the gothic horror pic about a woman who discovers that her new husband is not who he claims to be. Exiting its future relationship with Warner Bros in July, Legendary Entertainment set up a new 5-year partnership with NBCUniversal earlier this summer. Hiddleston is repped by WME.

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Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro Back Controversial Harry Knowles Kickstarter

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 2:16pm PDT

Ain’t It Cool News blogger Harry Knowles already has a polarizing rep for getting chummy with the makers of the movies he covers. Now Peter Jackson is the latest high profile filmmaker to throw his support behind a crowdfunding campaign to raise $100K for Knowles’ fanboy talk show. In a video posted today, the Hobbit helmer urges backers to contribute to Knowles’ Kickstarter which is just about $18K shy with a day left to reach its goal. I hear Jackson has not made an official monetary donation to the campaign but other directors including Rian Johnson, Eli Roth, and Guillermo del Toro have backed the project, with del Toro notably donating $5K to the cause. Read More »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Exits Del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 5:13pm PDT

Benedict Cumberbatch has dropped out of Guillermo Del Toro‘s gothic horror pic Crimson Peak, about a woman who discovers that her new husband is not who he claims to be. Sources say Cumberbatch’s very recent exit is not due to scheduling conflicts with the Legendary Pictures production, which is slated to begin next February. The Star Trek: Into Darkness thesp’s upcoming slate includes 12 Years A Slave, August: Osage County, and The Fifth Estate.

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Kevin Costner In Talks To Star In Guillermo Del Toro-Produced ‘Midnight Delivery’ For Universal

BREAKING…Kevin Costner is in negotiations to star in Midnight Delivery for Universal Pictures. Neil Cross, who co-wrote Universal’s Mama and is creator of the BBC series Luther, has written the screenplay in his latest tie-up with Guillermo del Toro. The logline is being held tight to the vest, but it’s a thriller stemming from an original idea by del Toro, who is producing with David Linde for the latter’s Lava Bear Films. Gary Ungar, Tory Metzger and Russell Ackerman will serve as executive producers. Universal’s EVP Production Scott Bernstein and creative executive Sara Scott will oversee for the studio, which continues to fast-track this one. No director is attached. Costner, repped by WME and One Talent Management, has been busy on the film front. He currently stars in Man Of Steel and will next be seen in Jack Ryan, a revival of the Tom Clancy franchise. He is also set to appear in Three Days To Kill and just finished shooting Draft Day. He is now filming Black And White. Cross and del Toro collaborated on Mama, which was also produced by del Toro, and Cross helped polish the script for the del Toro-directed Pacific Rim.

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Guillermo del Toro Sets ‘Pacific Rim’s’ Robert Maillet As Main ‘Strain’ Villain

By | Wednesday July 10, 2013 @ 6:21pm PDT

Guillermo del Toro must really like working with Robert Maillet. First he directed him in the soon-to-open Pacific Rim, and now the actor has snagged the role of the world-conquering vampire The Master in FX’s drama pilot The Strain. The Canadian former wrestler and actor joins John Hurt, Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro and Sean Astin in the drama from del Toro and Carlton Cuse. Based on the best-selling vampire dystopia novels by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, The Strain is being eyed for a 13-episode pickup by FX. Maillet’s The Master comes to NYC aboard a plane from Europe and begins a strategic and systematic takeover of the world despite the efforts of Stoll’s CDC Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and others. The actor plays Lt. Kaidanovsky in Pac Rim and has appeared in Sherlock Holmes, where he delivered quite the dockside beatdown on Robert Downey Jr. Repped by Characters Talent Agency, Maillet also was in 300 and Immortals, in which where he played a Minotaur.

Related: Sean Astin Joins FX Drama Pilot ‘The Strain’

Veronica Mars’ Francis Capra also has joined The Strain. Capra will play Crispin, a mid-30s scammer who is always on the lookout for the easy and high-paying way out. The role would be a recurring one if the pilot goes to series. Capra is repped by Talent House LA and Read More »

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Sean Astin Joins FX Drama Pilot ‘The Strain’

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 7:18pm PDT

Showrunner Carlton Cuse tonight tweeted casting of Lord Of The Rings veteran Sean Astin in the FX pilot directed by Guillermo del Toro. Astin will play CDC administrator Jim Kent in the dram starring Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro and John Hurt. The Strain, which Pacific Rim helmer del Toro co-wrote with Chuck Hogan based on their vampire novel trilogy, tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team, of which Astin’s Kent is a member, are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.

Related: John Hurt To Co-Star In FX Pilot ‘The Strain’

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‘Pacific Rim’ Gets $20 ‘SuperTicket’ Treatment In Canada

World War Z had the Mega-Ticket, now Guillermo del Toro‘s CGI actioner is getting a SuperTicket up in the Great White North. Cineplex Entertainment will offer the $19.99 premium ducat — the first of its kind in Canada — which bundles together admission to Pacific Rim and a pre-order of the UltraViolet digital version of the film ($24.99 for the HD download). The d-version will be available ahead of the DVD and Blu-ray release. Buyers also will receive access to exclusive content including featurettes on the making of the film, which stars Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba as mankind’s fighting chance against the Kaijus, enormous monsters who emerge from the sea. The SuperTickets go on sale tomorrow. Warner Bros opens the Legendary Pictures flick July 12 in North America.

Related: ‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel In Planning Stages, Guillermo Del Toro Says

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Hot Trailer: ‘Pacific Rim’

Here’s the third and final trailer for Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim. This one sees Idris Elba‘s Stacker Pentecost enlist Charlie Hunnam’s washed-up pilot Raleigh Becket for a last-ditch attempt to save humanity. Becket will team with rookie Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to steer the giant Jaeger robots as they go after the relentless Kaiju monsters. Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr., Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky and Max Martini also star. Warner Bros. opens the pic on July 12.

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