Guillermo del Toro to direct ‘Crimson Peak’

Legendary Pictures producing supernatural thriller

Guillermo del Toro has come on board to direct supernatural thriller “Crimson Peak” from his own script for Legendary Pictures.

Project had originally been co-written with Matthew Robbins and set at Universal, where del Toro had a first-look deal prior to working on “The Hobbit” films in 2009-11. The latest version of the script — which centers on a haunted house — will be rewritten with Lucinda Coxon.

Deal for “Crimson Peak” reteams the filmmaker with Legendary following their collaboration on sci-fi tentpole “Pacific Rim,” which will open through Warner Bros. on July 12. Universal has the option to participate as a co-financier on “Crimson Peak.”

Legendary has been exploring options, including an IPO. The banner produced “The Dark Knight Rises” and is preparing to release a record seven pics next year, up from its target four to six, including “Pacific Rim,” “Man of Steel,” the sequel “300: Rise of an Empire”; and “The Hangover Part III.”

Legendary’s current co-financing and distribution deal with Warner expires at the end of 2013.

Coxon is repped by CAA and UK-based The Agency. Del Toro is managed by Gary Ungar and repped by WME.

News of del Toro’s deal with Legendary for “Crimson Peak” was first reported by deadline.com.

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