Emma Stone in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’
Emma Stone is in negotiations to star in the next directorial effort from Guillermo del Toro, a haunted house picture entitled Crimson Peak. A deal has not yet been signed, but Stone - most recently on screen in Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad - is expected to star. She is also expected to start shooting a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man later this year for Sony Pictures.
Crimson Peak will be del Toro's follow-up to this summer's Pacific Rim. The giant robots-vs-monsters action flick is del Toro's first film as a director since 2008's Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Pacific Rim comes after del Toro spent years in pre-production on The Hobbit films, finally leaving the project over production delays and opening the door for Peter Jackson to return as director to Middle-earth.
Crimson Peak will be produced by Legendary Pictures, the studio behind Pacific Rim, and based on his good working relationship with the studio, del Toro is hopeful that one of his dream projects - an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's novel At the Mountains of Madness - could also be made there in the future. At one point, del Toro had been set to direct At the Mountains of Madness with Tom Cruise starring and James Cameron producing, before Universal Pictures pulled the plug on him over budget concerns.
Crimson Peak is currently in development, but should begin pre-production soon. Pacific Rim opens July 12.