Del Toro set to direct Crimson Peak

Updated: 04 December 2012 16:42

Guillermo Del Toro is set to direct haunted house thriller Crimson Peak.

Guillermo Del Toro is set to direct haunted house thriller Crimson Peak.

Speaking to Deadline, the 48-year-old director, explained that the film is ''a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.''

Del Toro further stated that he also wants to play tribute to the "grand dames" of the haunted house, saying: ''To me that is Robert Wise's The Haunting, which was a big movie, beautifully directed, with the house built magnificently. And the other grand daddy is Jack Clayton's The Innocents.

"I've always tried to make big-sized horror movies like the ones I grew up watching. Films like The Omen, The Exorcist and The Shining, the latter of which is another Mount Everest of the haunted house movie.

''I loved the way that Kubrick had such control over the big sets he used, and how much big production value there was. I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback.''

Filming is due to start in February 2014.