We learned last month that Guillermo del Toro is set to bring Pacific Rim 2 to theaters in 2017, but the Pan's Labyrinth helmer today tells Collider that he's going to be making a small-scale film first. Not unlike how Joss Whedon followed Marvel's The Avengers with his Much Ado About Nothing, del Toro is planning on shooting it in black and white.
“There’s one great creature in it,” del Toro teases of the mystery film's plot. “It’s a very small cast. I would love to have John Hurt, and there’s an actress that I have in mind that is not well-known but I’ve seen her in a short film. That’s all she’s really done, one feature and one short, but she has an incredibly interesting taste and I’m gonna try her out for the main role.”
Del Toro says that he hopes to shoot the project in February or March and will then finish it in late 2015, just before Pacific Rim 2 goes into production.