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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