the terrific 1947 swarthy-noir Nightmare Alley. (We previously posted about this project here.) You'll hear no comment on Cooper filling in for Tyrone "Closet Case" Power from me! Besides, you know, that there "no comment" comment. The story's mainly set at the seediest of carnivals, where Cooper's character is a phony mind-reader who gets in way over his head with a bad dame.
Del Toro says he plans on sticking closer to William Lindsay Gresham's original book, which I've never read but he says it's much darker -- the Tyrone film is pretty dark from what I recall, but lord knows there's stuff you can get away with now you couldn't get away with in 1947; GDT promises a "big R, like double R" rating. And if Michael Shannon bites the head off a live chicken it'll all -- all of life -- been worth it.