Guillermo del Toro Shooting Small, Black and White Film Before ‘Pacific Rim 2’

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Cinephile-favorite filmmaker Guillermo del Toro  just recently announced that Pacific Rim 2 is set for a 2017 release, and he’s in post-production for Crimson Peak, but that doesn’t mean that’s all he has on his plate. In a conversation with Collider, del Toro revealed he’s planning a new piece that will be filmed before the massive Pacific Rim sequel.

The film will be a very bizarre, small, black and white production. Considering he does a remarkable job doing just that in his large, colorful films like Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, this new one should be something else. Summarizing the rest of his quotes about the piece wouldn’t be fair, so we’ve pulled out our favorites below:

“Right away, in February/March I should [start on] another very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre before starting—we start pre-production on Pacific Rim 2 in August, and then I interrupt it briefly to go into the first of next year to do this strange little movie, and then I restart it and go all the way until we start shooting Pacific Rim 2 at the end of 2015 for release in 2017.”

“It’s a very small cast. I would love to have John Hurt, and there’s an actress that I have in mind that is not well-known but I’ve seen her in a short film. That’s all she’s really done, one feature and one short, but she has an incredibly interesting taste and I’m gonna try her out for the main role.”

“It does [have a title], but I find—I’d rather do the projects and then show them to people than talk about them. I think that it’s going to be a nice thing for people to know which one is it and where it came from when it’s a reality.”

When asked if the new film fits in with the rest of his catalogue, he kept his lips shut tight and offered the shortest, most exciting tease: “There’s one great creature in it.” Boom. That’s all we need to hear to be on board.

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