Not all is well in the worlds of Guillermo del Toro (‘Hellboy‘). Sure he’s still riding high on the success of ‘Pacific Rim‘ and there is constant updates coming out of his television adaptation of ‘The Strain‘. All of that is great news. However, now we come to his horror flick ‘Crimson Peak’.
Things had been shaping up pretty well for the upcoming film that del Toro is releasing through Legendary. He’s had Charlie Hunnam (‘Sons of Anarchy’), Mia Wasikowska (‘Alice in Wonderland ‘), Benedict Cumberbatch (‘Star Trek Into Darkness ‘), and Jessica Chastain (‘Mama‘) all join the cast. Now it appears that Cumberbatch has bowed out of the film.
Usually when an actor leaves a film it’s due to scheduling issues. Apparently sources are saying that scheduling was not the issue here. So what is the issue? It’s hard to say. Emma Stone (‘The Amazing Spider-Man‘) previously had joined and left the film as well, however, her departure was truly due to a scheduling conflict.
With stars signing up so quickly, it would sound as if the script is solid so it’s truly a question why he may have left. Still, the rest of the team consisting of Hunnam, Chastain and Wasikowska remain on board. I’m sure it won’t be too long until we hear who will be replacing Cumberbatch.
We don’t know a lot about ‘Crimson Peak’ quite yet aside from the fact that it’s a horror film, but del Toro has said this about it:
“’Crimson Peak’ is a much, much, much smaller movie, completely character-driven. It’s an adult movie, an R-rated movie, pretty adult. Shockingly different from anything I’ve done in the English language. Normally, when I go to do a movie in America for the spectacle and younger audience, for Blade or whatever. This movie’s tone is scary and it’s the first time I get to do a movie more akin to what I do in the Spanish movies… The thing I do in those movies is recontextualization, take a movie and then move it into a completely different place. Like a Gothic and then move it into the Spanish Civil War [‘The Devil’s Backbone’]. This is a Gothic romance, haunted house, in the north of England.”
The film is still set to begin shooting in January so there is plenty of time for del Toro to find a replacement. I’ve loved his work with special effects to date, so am curious how he will do on a classic suspenseful horror film. They are becoming few and far between, though I have faith del Toro can pull it off.
What do you think? Are you ready for a film where del Toro is going to focus on suspense and not necessarily the monsters he’s usually known for? Let us know in the comments!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.