Friday, June 28, 2013
Guillermo del Toro Retrospective: MIMIC
Mimic (Director's Cut)
Starring: Mira Sorvino, Charles Dutton, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Northam, Giancarlo Giannini, F. Murray Abraham
Up until a few years ago, Guillermo del Toro seemed to refrain from wanting to talk about his first foray into big time Hollywood filmmaking. When Scott Mendelson and I saw him at a Q&A in 2008, one of his stipulations before questioning began was the he would not take any questions regarding Mimic, his 1997 monster thriller. Guillermo was always upset with this film and he almost never worked in Hollywood again. His experience was one that was a nightmare, but shared by many a director in the mid 1990s.
In 2011, Lionsgate approached del Toro about revisiting the film and making a cut close to his original vision. Since the rights were no longer theirs, there would be no Weinstein communication on it. Guillermo obliged and we now have a director's cut. A more thoughtful, introspective and deep movie instead of just a hack and slash fest in the sewers.
Next Time: Guillermo goes back to the Mexican well and creates The Devil's Backbone.