Guillermo del Toro to shoot small, black-and-white movie before Pacific Rim 2

There was a lot of excitement surrounding Guillermo del Toro’s recent announcement that he’s working on a sequel to Pacific Rim, an animated series based on the film, and more tie-in comics featuring his monster-fighting robots and their pilots, but in a subsequent interview the celebrated filmmaker revealed that he’s planning to shoot another film before he gets to work on Pacific Rim 2.

“Right away, in February/March I should [start on] another very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre,” del Toro told Collider. “We start pre-production on Pacific Rim 2 in August, and then I interrupt it briefly to go into the first of next year to do this strange little movie, and then I restart it and go all the way until we start shooting Pacific Rim 2 at the end of 2015.”

Currently involved in post-production on Crimson Peak, his upcoming horror film starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam, del Toro preferred to keep things mysterious with his black-and-white project — though he did reveal a few details about the film that will occupy his time before (and during) the Pacific Rim sequel.

“It’s a very small cast,” he said. “I would love to have John Hurt, and there’s an actress that I have in mind that is not well-known but I’ve seen her in a short film. That’s all she’s really done, one feature and one short, but she has an incredibly interesting taste and I’m gonna try her out for the main role.”

And as we’ve come to expect from the filmmaker who gave us Pan’s LabyrinthHellboy, and Mimic, the black-and-white film will also have a monster of its own.

“There’s one great creature in it,” he revealed.

There’s no word yet on when more information about the film will be available, but you can probably expect to hear more about it as media coverage surrounding Crimson Peak inevitably builds up ahead of that film’s release.

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