Guillermo del Toro has made a name for himself as an incredibly imaginative and inventive filmmaker.
It turns out the visionary who brought us Pan’s Labyrinth and Crimson Peak was once offered another frightening flick: the sequel to The Fly.
Del Toro describes the experience as one of the worst pitch meetings he ever attended.
“It was super early in my career…I get in and I sit down and they say, ‘What do you think about The Fly II?’ and I said, ‘I think you shouldn’t make it.’ And they said, ‘Why?’ and I said, ‘Because the first one was so great.’ And that was it. They validated my parking,” said del Toro.
Del Toro says he has been offered a number of films during his career which he declined, from superhero movies to Seed of Chucky. He went on to say his motivation for taking on projects comes from the passion he feels for them.
“I know one thing: from the beginning of my work, I know that I will only take movies that I’m willing to die on the set for. I take them very seriously. Doesn’t matter if it’s a giant robot or an action movie. There’s a reason for me to take it, a personal reason. Nobody has to agree,” said del Toro.
What’s Next For Guillermo del Toro
The filmmaker’s current projects include an adaptation of the novel Nightmare Alley and a dark take on Pinocchio. His last film The Shape of Water won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for del Toro himself.
Fans have come to expect incredible creature design and imaginative worlds from del Toro. But his high standards don’t just apply to his films.
During an interview del Toro revealed he had once seen a UFO. He described it as a “clichéd flying saucer” and claimed it was “horribly designed.”
Yes, that’s right. Guillermo del Toro says aliens exist…and they’re tacky.
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