News Guillermo del Toro to Direct Nightmare Alley

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by PsychoPere, May 28, 2019.

  1. PsychoPere

    PsychoPere Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 25, 2002
    New first broke a month ago that Guillermo del Toro was looking to film Nightmare Alley as his next film, with Leonardo di Caprio set to star.

    Additional details have now come out related specifically to the film's production schedule: September 30th through January 28th, to be filmed in Toronto.

    I'm not familiar with either the original book nor the first film adaptation mentioned in the Variety article. That said - del Toro, noir thriller, plus di Caprio?

    Sign me the hell up, please and now.
  2. The Nth Doctor

    The Nth Doctor Infinite Possibilities... Premium Member

    Jul 20, 2000
    Lost in a temporal and spacial anomaly
    That does sound intriguing. I'm definitely curious to see how del Toro will direct a non-monster/creature movie. A noir thriller oddly seems like the logical step for him.
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  3. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Lancaster, PA
    Very excited by this. The original movie is great, but the Hays Office forced the filmmakers to clean things up a lot and tack on a forced happy ending. The original novel by William Gresham is shockingly bleak and raw even by modern standards.

    For those that don't know, the story is about the rise and fall of a carnival huckster with a phony mind-reading act. So a sideshow noir, basically.

    Should be right up del Toro's alley.

    (FYI: the original movie, starring Tyrone Power, shows up on TCM periodically. Watched it again just a few week ago.)