"It's the turn of the century. So it's at the turn of the century and half of the movie takes place in America, and the other half takes place in a crumbling mansion in Cumbria. And basically it's a ghost story and gothic romance, trying to subvert the rules of the usual gothic romance. The first half is a love story, then that love story turns darker. And it's at the same time a ghost story. I'm working at this moment with Lucinda Clarkson who is a really great playwright from the UK. She has the proper degree of perversity and intelligence to turn it into something interesting to watch. It's sort of a very compelling version of the classic gothic romance, where you have the spookiness and the windswept landscape that dooms the characters, you know?"
The director's next movie is this summer's Pacific Rim, which already has a sequel in the works at Legendary Pictures. The filmmaker is co-writing the Pacific Rim 2 script with Travis Beacham, although they both plan on taking their time to get the story right.
"Travis (Beacham) and I have been working on it. We co-wrote the screenplay on this first one, and now we're hard at work at doing the second one. We want to take however long it takes to really find out the idea and try to bridge something that really makes the mythology roll. And in the meantime, I'm going to shoot Crimson Peak, which is a ghost story. The great thing about Legendary is they're willing to take it to completion in the right way. They're giving us the leeway. Imagine that we're generating the comic book. We're learning more about the [Pacific Rim] world we're creating day by day."
Crimson Peak comes to theaters October 16th, 2015 and stars Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Doug Jones, Burn Gorman, Jim Beaver, Leslie Hope. The film is directed by Guillermo del Toro.