Life isn’t easy for Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. Despite a slew of critical and commercial hits – ‘Hellboy’, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, ‘Pacific Rim’ – the hardworking filmmaker is almost as well known for the films that have slipped through his fingers. Most famously he was set to direct ‘The Hobbit’ before production delays forced him to step aside. There’s also his long-gestating adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s novella ‘At the Mountains of Madness’, potentially starring Tom Cruise and new sequels to ‘Hellboy’ and ‘Pacific Rim’. When we spoke to the director recently about his new movie, gothic horror tale ‘Crimson Peak’, we couldn’t help asking about a few of those still-simmering projects.
‘I always keep five or six projects alive at the same time, so if something comes up I can transition to something else right away. A career is what happens while you’re making other plans!’