〉The project is based on an original story from the cult director
Horror maestro and visionary genius Guillermo del Toro has another surprising project cooking in the pipeline. Fox Searchlight is producing the untitled original story, which is being kept very tightly under wraps.
Pitched as Wall-E meets Splash, the intriguing take was written by del Toro, and sees the Pacific Rim director also attached to helm. DanTram Nguyen and David Greenbaum are overseeing for Fox, while del Toro produces.
At first the project sounds like an unusual departure from the Hellboy director’s wheelhouse, as the writer/director is commonly known for his work in adult fantasy, horror, and action. However, del Toro also produced Fox’s animated adventure The Book of Life, which was aimed at a much younger audience, as well as DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots, Rise of the Guardians, and the Kung Fu Panda sequels.
Del Toro’s latest, Universal’s gothic horror Crimson Peak, bows October 16th and boasts an impressive cast consisting of Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam. The Pan’s Labyrinth director is also in development on another project for Universal, a sequel to his acclaimed 2013 epic Pacific Rim, titled Pacific Rim 2: Maelstrom.
Del Toro’s also an emerging figure in television, having created FX’s vampire series The Strain, on which he also writes, directs, and executive produces. The Strain, which stars Corey Stoll, just wrapped up its sophomore season, with a third season slated to air in 2016.
Del Toro is also developing Amazon’s Killing on Carnival Row series, which centers on a human detective investigating a series of murders against fairies in a mystical city inhabited by both species. The project, which was previously set up as a feature at New Line and Warner Bros., sees the Mexican filmmaker writing, directing, and executive producing.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor