Despite the obvious disappointment of seeing one passion project come to naught, del Toro quickly threw himself into his new role, billing the film as his opportunity to create one of the biggest monster movies in history.
“So far, knock on wood, it’s the greatest experience of my life,” gushed the director back in 2011.
“I’m having a blast, designing like crazy. I’m now hiring actors, which is always a good sign, always a great sign when you’re casting.”
“The other thing that we’re heading towards is an impending start date the first week in November,” he continued.
“So we have 20 weeks to start shooting the biggest giant monster movie ever made.”