It's been a busy past few weeks for the geekiest director in the business, Guillermo del Toro. This shouldn't be surprising for fans of the Crimson Peak director as he is pretty well known for having many irons in the fire. Not only is Pacific Rim 2 looming for a 2017 release he's got scripts, comic books and television series to keep him more than a little busy these days.
Pacific Rim 2 & Haunted Mansion
Most recently Guillermo del Toro and Ryan Gosling made some headlines by getting involved in the Disney movie Haunted Mansion. Del Toro and Gosling aren't exactly the first names that pop in your head when you're thinking of Disney movies but it certainly bodes well for the project. And if you're thinking of haunted house movies, Crimson Peak's Guillermo del Toro should definitely be one of the first directors that comes to mind.
But what does Haunted Mansion mean for Pacific Rim 2, which by all previous reports had already entered into preproduction? It's hard to say if a delay for Pacific Rim 2 is being negotiated or if Haunted Mansion is being penciled in for Del Toro and Gosling to head into after Pacific Rim 2 wraps. It should be noted that this particular Haunted Mansion has a long and storied history of stalling out before it gets rolling. The movie has been in various stages of development since it was announced at Comic-Con in 2010.
Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift
Meanwhile, all engines seem to be firing on the lead up to Pacific Rim 2, which is intended to include a comic book series and an animated series for television. Well, one of those things has surfaced like a mighty Kaiju from the depths of the ocean. The November 2015 launch of Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift was recently announced on the Legendary Pictures website and they had this to say about it:
Following the best-selling graphic novel Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, Legendary takes you back to the frontlines of a larger-than-life battleground with Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift, the official new comic series presented by director Guillermo del Toro and Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham.
Prepare to do battle with all-new Kaiju creatures in this thrilling continuation of the Pacific Rim universe.
The series comes from writer Joshua Fialkov (The Bunker, I, Vampire, Elk's Run) and features artwork by Marcos Marz (Batman Confidential, Blackest Night: JSA).
We're still awaiting word on the progress of the Pacific Rim animated series but it's good to know that the Pacific Rim story will be moving ahead in some form or another this year. The comic book is indeed written by Travis Beacham, who along with Guillermo del Toro and Zak Penn make up the announced writers on Pacific Rim 2. It could be that this book will be what leads into the events of the animated series, which is said to be a direct precursor to the events of Pacific Rim 2.
The Justice League Dark Movie
The other big project that is on the overflowing table of Guillermo del Toro is the script for DC and Warner Bros Justice League Dark movie. For those who may not be familiar with this supernatural comic book team-up, Justice League Dark is a title that is comprised of DC characters like John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Jason Blood and Swamp Thing - characters that deal with the more dark magic elements of the DC comic book universe.
Guillermo del Toro just confirmed that the latest draft of the movie has been submitted and that he's waiting from further word from the folks at DC and Warner Bros as to whether they're going to move forward on the project. And it's not just how the movie would be able to fit into Del Toro's busy schedule, he's said that he may or may not be the director when it comes down to it, but more importantly for Warner Bros is how the movie will git into the shared universe they're busy building these days.
John Constantine & The Sandman
The so-so reception of the Constantine television show probably didn't help matters either. The show could have been the perfect introduction of the kind of world the Justice League Dark movie was intended to take pace in and the characters that would have populated it, but as of right now, a second season of the show is still awaiting approval.
DC still being in the position of figuring out all the connections in this shared movie universe is likely what's also holding up the Sandman movie that Neil Gaiman and Joseph Gordon Levitt are working on. These two properties definitely share some of the same elements but there's a much broader, and potentially quite funny, appeal to the world of a Justice League Dark movie over that of the very somber Sandman.
I've gone on record before about how great a Justice League Dark movie would be for DC and Warner Bros. This is the kind of movie that Marvel unleashed when they put Guardians of the Galaxy into the world to rapturous approval. Certainly there is potential for comedy and a more lighthearted tone in something like The Flash movie but if you want to offer up some diversity in this DC cinematic universe, Justice League Dark has all the right kinds of potential.
If the Guillermo del Toro's Justice League Dark movie does get the green light, I'm guessing it wouldn't go into production until 2020 or sometime after the first Justice League movies wrap up - so there's a very good chance that Del Toro would be given the opportunity to fit it in to his directorial schedule. Here's hoping DC and Warner Bros takes this chance and really does expand its universe all the way into its dark and creepy corners.
What do you think? Would you love to see a Justice League Dark movie? Is Guillermo del Torro the man DC should trust to bring this movie to life? Take to the comments and let us know!