Genre fans, rejoice! Director Guillermo del Toro has signed a new overall deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures. The deal will allow the award-winning director to create his own label for science fiction, fantasy, and horror projects. He’ll be writing, directing, and producing most of the films. Fox Searchlight will finance, market, and distribute them.
The producing part of the deal means del Toro can also nurture worthy projects from other creators. An example of this is the upcoming “Antlers” from director Scott Cooper. This supernatural horror pic is based on the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Nick Antosca. With del Toro’s new label, other similar genre films that might be passed over by other studios will have a potential home.
The director and Fox Searchlight have already had a productive partnership. The studio bought del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” from a pitch. It went on to be nominated for dozens of awards. It snagged 13 nominations at the Academy Awards and won four of them, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Music Score, and Best Production Design.
With its beautiful, moody atmosphere and fairy-tale feel, “Water” exemplifies del Toro’s particular style of genre filmmaking. It follows in the steps of his gothic horror, “Crimson Peak,” and the dark fantasy, “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Del Tor is also responsible for action sci-fi films like “Pacific Rim” and “Hellboy.” While “The Shape of Water” seems very different from those movies, they all showcase del Toro’s ability to create detailed fantasy worlds.
Del Toro’s new deal means he’ll be able to keep exploring his passion for all things horror, fantasy, and science fiction. After the launch and success of “The Shape of Water,” he announced that he was taking some time off directing. There’s no word yet on whether he’ll still be directing the upcoming “Fantastic Voyage.”
The remake was originally delayed so del Toro could promote “The Shape of Water.” He claimed that he still intended to direct it, possibly in 2018, in partnership with Fox Searchlight. However, neither he nor Fox mentioned it when announcing their new deal.