Collider broke the story that Guillermo del Toro has plans to shoot a small black and white film prior to shooting ‘Pacific Rim 2’.
Guillermo says of the project:
“Right away, in February/March I should [start on] another very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre before starting—we start pre-production on Pacific Rim 2 in August, and then I interrupt it briefly to go into the first of next year to do this strange little movie, and then I restart it and go all the way until we start shooting Pacific Rim 2 at the end of 2015 for release in 2017.”
He spoke briefly about his casting on the small film.
“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.”
Joss Whedon did something very similar after ‘The Avengers’ by filming ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. Whedon took his a step further keeping the project so secret that people didn’t even know the project existed until it was complete.