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Ask Guillermo

''Hellboy'' director Guillermo del Toro answers questions from readers about his new film ''Pans Labyrinth,'' Spike TV's '''Blade'' series, and more. The first of a three-part series.

Doug Jones and Ivana Baquero in Pan's Labyrinth
Doug Jones and Ivana Baquero in Pan's Labyrinth

Director Guillermo del Toro answers your questions

Have you found a studio for ''At the Mountains of Madness''? Have you had any other speculation on film locations? —Paul

No, Paul, not really, although WB is still interested if I can do it for a certain number. And, believe me, I am trying to figure out a way to do it. The problem, as you may know, is that the H.P. Lovecraft novel is all about scale. How puny man is, an ant in the cosmic picnic... The alien Antarctica city should reflect this scale as should the desolate landscape. My ideal would be to make this a tentpole horror movie. One that is both scary and a spectacle. Vistas, landscape, creatures, tentacles — ah — the tentacles...

How did you feel about the short-lived Blade series on Spike TV? —Chris Polkki

Jeez, Chris, it was so short-lived that I actually missed it. Love Goyer though — must ask for a DVD of it...

Is Pan's Labyrinth in any way inspired by Spirit of the Beehive (one of the most under-appreciated cinema classics out there)? —Todd Ludy

It could be. Not consciously. I nevertheless must admit that Spirit of the Beehive is one of those seminal movies that seeped into my very soul. Night of the Hunter, Whale's Frankenstein, Bunuel's Los Olvidados, etc... The girl in Cronos was deliberately patterned after Ana Torrent in Spirit... and the girl in Don't Look Now.

With the wave of (mostly pointless) horror remakes, are there any classics you have considered giving the ''del Toro'' take on? —Jamie Williams

Not as a director. Unless you consider the retelling of Roald Dahl's The Witches a remake. Technically it's just another version from a common source. I admire Roeg madly and actually loved Huston in the role of the Grand Witch, but I am going to try and preserve the original, more anarchic, ending of the novel.

Will any of Mike Mignola's mythical characters from the Hellboy comic book make it into The Golden Army? —John Salinas

Yeah. We have Johann Krauss joining the BPRD. Sadly, Mike is very protective of Lobster Johnson or I would have Bruce Campbell do it in a second!!! And hopefully the studio will go for a little Kroenen cameo that I wrote!!

Originally posted Nov 29, 2006
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