Guillermo del Toro to produce Day of the Dead

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A dark drama film spoken in Spanish and directed by Guillermo Del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth has won Academy Awards for its cinematography and art direction. The story is set in 1940s Spain and centers around a girl named Ofelia (11-year-old Ivana Baquero). Her cruel stepfather commands an army unit charged with killing guerrillas, but she bonds with the housekeeper (Maribel Verdú), who is secretly working with the rebels. Ofelia deals with her dreadful real life by escaping into a fantasy world where a faun tells her she may be a princess.
February 22nd, 2012

Guillermo del Toro will produce CG-animated movie 'Day of the Dead'

The 'Pan's Labyrinth' director joins Aaron Berger and Carina Schulze of Chatrone Inc. in the Reel FX venture, described as a tragic Romeo & Juliet-style love story that takes place during Mexican holiday Day of the Dead.

The script was penned by animated TV show writer Doug Langdale and co-creator of Nickelodeon's 'El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera', Jorge R. Gutierrez. Gutierrez is also set to direct the feature.

The film, due for release in late 2014, marks Guadalajara Jalisco native Del Toro's first involvement in a Mexican feature since 'Cronos' in 1993. In recent years, his signature style - mixing fables with horror, history and fantasy - has made him one of the most in demand directors in Hollywood.

Having stepped down from his role in producing the film adaptation of 'The Hobbit', Del Toro is currently working on sci-fi blockbuster 'Pacific Rim' for Legendary Pictures. The apocalyptic action film, due for release in May next year, stars 'The Wire's Idris Elba in his first lead role.