Guillermo del Toro has already lined up his next feature even though his next film, Pacific Rim, isn’t due out until July 13, 2013. It’s called Crimson Peak, and the plan is to start shooting at the beginning of 2014. That’s a long ways away, but new del Toro is definitely something to get excited about.

This comes from Deadline, and there del Toro says it’s “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.” He also mentions all the classic haunted house films, from The Haunting (the original, natch), The Innocents, The Shining, The Omen and The Exorcist. We’re sensing a trend here, perhaps his film should be retitled The Crimson Peak.

This has been set up at Legendary Pictures, who also financed his Pacific Rim. And with a 2014 start date (the script is currently being rewritten), there are two things that could keep this from happening, even if del Toro really wants to do it. One is that Pacific Rim bombs, and Legendary wants nothing more to do with the man. The other is that Rim is so successful they want to move forward with a sequel as fast as possible. That though would put del Toro in a better negotiating position, and if he had more freedom from Rim‘s possible success, it means he might actually get to make At the Mountains of Madness. A 2014 start date is a long way off, but we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this one.

What’s your favorite Guillermo del Toro film?