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Although he's been linked to a slew of big-screen adaptations -- everything from Frankenstein to The Count of Monte Cristo to At the Mountains of Madness to Pinocchio to even the Disney ride The Haunted Mansion -- it looks like Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Mimic, Blade II) has officially settled on what his feature film follow-up to next year's aliens-versus-robots blockbuster Pacific Rim will be. And even better news for genre fans: it will be a return to his horror roots.
Crimson Peak is an original story written by Del Toro and Matthew Robbins, with whom he wrote Mimic and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, that Del Toro describes as "a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story." He's certainly aiming high with his haunted house tale, citing classics like The Haunting, The Innocents and The Shining as inspirations for a movie that he intends as a throwback to bigger scale (read: not micro-budget or "found footage") fright films of the past.
Del Toro is aiming to begin production on Crimson Peak in early 2014 -- after Del Toro finishes filming his FX vampire series The Strain -- so maybe a Halloween 2014 release could be feasible (knock on wood), but one of the drawbacks of "bigger scale" is that the turnaround time could be longer than low-budget features.