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Guillermo del Toro will travel to the 'Pacific Rim'

March 9, 2011 |  1:57 pm

It’s as good as parlor games get in Hollywood. What movie will Guillermo del Toro direct next?

With the  filmmaker’s “At the Mountains of Madness” having fallen apart at Universal, Legendary Pictures now says that Del Toro will direct the monster invasion drama "Pacific Rim” later this year, with the film set for release in the summer of 2013.

Del Toro has been associated with any number of movies over the last several years, principally the two-part “Hobbit” movies, which he  spent two years working in New Zealand on but which are now being made by “The Lord of the Rings’” Peter Jackson. (Del Toro has not been behind the cameras since 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.”)

When he returned from New Zealand this summer, studios feverishly tries to land his services. In the past six months, the 46-year-old writer-director had been in various stages of development on Disney's theme-park adaptation “The Haunted Mansion,” the animated film “Trollhunters” and "Madness." This after previously developing new versions of “Frankenstein” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” as well as the Roald Dahl adaptation “The Witches" and the child-centric apocalyptic film “Saturn and the End of Days."

The Mexican-born filmmaker produced and co-wrote the horror remake "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," due in theaters this August.

"My partnership with Legendary represents, both in scale and creative demands, a huge step forward for me," Del Toro said in a statement.

--John Horn

Photo: Guillermo del Toro. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times