Acclaimed horror-fantasy filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro – the mind behind Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape Of Water, Hellboy and loads more – snapped earlier this morning and tweeted out a list of cool-as-hell projects he’s written scripts for. Like, completed. And never got made.
Let’s break a couple of those down.
The Witches is likely a remake of the Roald Dahl story that made you terrified of Anjelica Houston as a kid.
Justice League Dark is the supernatural offshoot of DC’s evil-fightin’ crew, with characters like John Constantine and Swamp Thing.
Beauty And The Beast, I mean, come on. Instead we got this:
At The Mountains Of Madness is an H.P. Lovecraft story, and arguably nobody else could possibly do that eldritch s**t any justice. GDT reportedly had Tom Cruise and James Cameron on board at one point.
Fantastic Voyage – yes, the 60s one where scientists shrink down and explore the human body like it’s space or something. Isaac Asimov wrote the novelisation.
The Count Of Monte Cristo, but a version where he had a totally sweet steampunk mechanical hand.
A “very different” Pacific Rim 2, whatever that means, could have been a sight to see.
Drood is a novel based on a “fictionalised account” of Charles Dickens’ last years.
“SECRET PROJECT (UNTITLED)” will haunt my dreams.
Haunted Mansion: I mean, imagine what fun GDT could have had with the blank slate of a Disney theme park ride adaptation?
And a The Hulk pilot? Are you f**king kidding me?
He also mentions a Wind In The Willows script “which I loved”.
He added a few hours later that there’s still hope for a couple of these:
But that still leave a lot of couldabeens to be a little bit mad about forever.
So yeah, nice work, Hollywood. None of those projects sound like something that would have been amazing in the hands of the man who can turn a story about a mute, mousy woman banging a fish-dude into a Best Picture Oscar winner.