A grasp of the monster film, it ought to come as no shock that Universal wished Guillermo del Toro to helm their Dark Universe.
The first entry in Universal’s Dark Universe debuted earlier this yr, after they rebooted The Mummy for the second time. The film was deemed a crucial failure, and producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have been faraway from the franchise, leaving the Dark Universe’s future unsure.
But that destiny might have been very totally different, had Guillermo del Toro been the mastermind behind Universal’s interconnected monster motion pictures. However, when Universal approached him, he turned down the chance.
Speaking to TimesTalks, del Toro admitted that this was a second to “repent” for him.
“I’ve said no to things that are enormous and I’ve never looked back,” del Toro instructed TimesTalks host and movie critic, Logan Hill. “The only time I repent I didn’t do something was in 2007 when Universal, in an incredibly gentle and beautiful manner said, ‘do you want to take over the Monster Universe?’ And they gave me the reins of several properties, and I didn’t do it. That I repent. So this is a confessional moment, I repent.”
Guillermo del Toro’s love of monster motion pictures, Universal’s particularly, isn’t any large secret. He has cited Creature from the Black Lagoon as his inspiration for The Shape of Water to the media a number of occasions, and at one level even had a Frankenstein film in improvement – although that was seemingly shelved as soon as the Dark Universe went into manufacturing. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t additionally point out Abe Sapien, Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim.
In 2007, del Toro was probably deep in manufacturing on Hellboy II, which launched in 2008, in addition to creating At the Mountains of Madness. Though the latter movie by no means got here to fruition, largely due to funds constraints, del Toro’s slate was undoubtedly too full to tackle a sprawling universe.
We can’t be too disenchanted, nevertheless. Had del Toro remained locked up in a possible decades-long franchise of monster motion pictures, we’d by no means have seen The Shape of Water come to life. Which would have been the largest disgrace of all.
“Mistakes teach you a lot,” del Toro finally stated of this one remorse of his profession. “I think you learn more from failure and mistakes than you do from success.”