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Netflix Announces Cast of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Netflix announced today the cast of Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming stop-motion animated musical feature Pinocchio. Newcomer Gregory Mann will star as Pinocchio with Ewan McGregor as Cricket and David Bradley (Harry Potter franchise, Game of Thrones) as Geppetto. Other cast includes Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, John Turturro (The Batman), Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (Nightmare Alley), Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen), Burn Gorman (Enola Holmes).

Drawing on the classic Carlo Collodi tale, this stop motion musical follows the extraordinary journey of a wooden boy magically brought to life by a father’s wish. Set during the rise of Fascism in Mussolini’s Italy, del Toro’s Pinocchio is a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations.

The film is directed by del Toro and Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox).  Del Toro and Patrick McHale wrote the script. The song lyrics are by del Toro and Katz, with music by Academy Award winner Alexandre Desplat who will also write the score. Gris Grimly created the original design for the Pinocchio character. The film’s puppets are being built by Mackinnon and Saunders (Corpse Bride).

Pinocchio is produced by del Toro, The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico, as well as Exile Entertainment’s Gary Ungar; it is co-produced by Blanca Lista of The Jim Henson Company and Gris Grimly. Other credits include production supervisor Melanie Coombs, co-production designers Guy Davis and Curt Enderle, animation supervisor Brian Hansen, puppet supervisor Georgina Hayns, director of photography Frank Passingham, art director Rob DeSue, and animatic editor Ken Schretzmann.

A lifelong passion project of del Toro, the film is set to debut in theaters and on Netflix.  Principal photography began last Fall at ShadowMachine’s Portland, Oregon studio, and production has continued uninterrupted during the pandemic.

“After years of pursuing this dream project, I found my perfect partner in Netflix. We have spent a long time curating a remarkable cast and crew and have been blessed by continuous support from Netflix to quietly and carefully soldier on,  barely missing a beat.  We all love and practice animation with great passion and believe it to be the ideal medium to retell this classic story in a completely new way,” says del Toro.

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Amazon Publishing Acquires Academy Award-Winner Guillermo del Toro’s First Short Story Collection

Amazon Original Stories, an imprint of Amazon Publishing, announced today it has signed with Guillermo del Toro for a new short story collection to publish in 2021. From the extraordinary imagination behind films such as Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, and The Devil’s Backbone, the collection will introduce a world of strange happenings, otherworldly horror, and dark fantasy. Readers and listeners can download the collection as a Kindle eBook or as an Audible audiobook.

“We like to think of Amazon Original Stories as a playground for storytellers, a space where they can step outside of the genres or formats they’re known for with the support of a team that’s obsessed with innovating on behalf of their creative vision”

“Throughout the years, I’ve been inspired by reading short stories, from ghost stories to fairy tales,” said Guillermo del Toro. “Now I have the privilege to create and share my own.”

“Guillermo del Toro is unmatched as an architect of creativity and horror,” says Mikyla Bruder, Publisher of Amazon Publishing. “We cannot wait to unveil the world he has created to readers and listeners.”

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Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of The Faun Hardcover By Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke

Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy novel for readers of all ages, complete with haunting illustrations by Allen Williams and enchanting short stories that flesh out the folklore of this fascinating world.

This spellbinding tale takes readers to a sinister, magical, and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous soldiers, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.

A brilliant collaboration between masterful storytellers that’s not to be missed; Pan’s Labyrinth:The Legend of The Faun will be released this summer.

Pre-order HERE.

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Guillermo del Toro Backs Campaign To Save Horror Bookstore Dark Delicacies

Director Guillermo del Toro has backed a fundraising effort to help save the Los Angeles horror- and fantasy-bookstore Dark Delicacies. On Friday, co-owner Del Howison launched a GoFundMe campaign to finance a relocation of the store, which is situated in Burbank and is a beloved fixture of the L.A. horror scene.

“On December 3, 1994 my wife, Sue, and I opened Dark Delicacies, the original all-horror independent book and gift store in the United States,” Howison wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Located in Burbank, California, we soon became recognized as the ‘home of horror.’ We are known, not just locally, but around the world for our weekly signings and events where fans are able to mingle with their favorite writers, directors, actors, composers, among so many others…

Read more HERE.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Coming To Netflix

In his first directing deal since wrapping The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro has partnered with Netflix to create his stop-motion animated version of Pinocchio.

Guillermo’s interest in the classic tale was first reported back in 2008, when he got the idea while filming the stop motion puppet sequence in Hellboy 2.  

Del Toro will be co-directing the film along with Mark Gustafson (The Fantastic Mr. Fox) and will be co-scripting with Patrick McHale (Over The Garden Wall).  Long-time GDT collaborator Guy Davis will be serving as co-production designer.

Del Toro’s co-production designer Guy Davis will be taking inspiration from the the illustrations of Gris Grimly, as rendered in a 2002 edition of Carlo Collodi’s original story.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” said del Toro in a statement. “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”

Melissa Cobb, VP of kids and family at Netflix, had this to say in a statement:

“Throughout his distinguished career, Guillermo has exhibited mastery in inspiring people through his magical worlds filled with unforgettable and magnificent characters, from the monsters in ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ to the aquatic beast in The Shape of Water. We are incredibly excited to expand our relationship with Guillermo and we know that his deeply touching vision for bringing Pinocchio to life on Netflix will be embraced by audiences the world over.”

Production on Pinocchio will begin this fall. 

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Guillermo del Toro Horror Anthology Series, 10 After Midnight Coming To Netflix

Academy Award winner writer-producer-director Guillermo del Toro is reteaming with The Shape of Water producer J. Miles Dale and Netflix on a new horror anthology series, Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight. The show, coming soon to the streamer, is a genre-defining anthology where Del Toro will present a collection of personally-curated stories that are both equally sophisticated and horrific.

On Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight, creator and executive producer del Toro will bring his own visionary style as both a writer and director to certain episodes. In addition, he will handpick a team of the genre’s best writers and exciting new filmmakers to bring his selection of stories to life.

The series serves as Netflix’s first original horror anthology series and extends the collaboration between Del Toro and Netflix, which began with the award-winning animated series Trollhunters. Dale will serve as executive producer on the show, along with Gary Ungar (Exile Entertainment).

Guillermo del Toro is the writer and director of the Academy Award-winning film The Shape of Water, which earned four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Production Design. Del Toro is the creator of the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning DreamWorks Trollhunters on Netflix, which will return for a third season May 25.

His previous films alternate between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth, winner of three Academy Awards, and American studio movies, such as the vampire superhero action film Blade II, the supernatural adventures Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and the science fiction monsters-versus-robots film Pacific Rim. Del Toro’s previous horror series credit includes The Strain, which aired for four seasons on FX and was based on the book by del Toro and Chuck Hogan.

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Guillermo del Toro Funko Pop!

One of the most talented directors in the film industry, Guillermo del Toro –  will now be memorialized as a Funko Pop! Del Toro is known for Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pacific Rim and the Oscar nominated The Shape of Water.

The figure will arrive in stores this summer.

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The Shape of Water Arrives On Digital February 27 & On Blu-ray March 13

From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape of Water, an otherworldly fairy tale set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1962. In the hidden, high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

Add The Shape of Water to your digital collection on Movies Anywhere beginning February 27 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on March 13.

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The Shape of Water Print By James Jean

The Shape of Water is a signed and numbered time-limited edition of giclée prints. Working directly with Guillermo Del Toro, James created this image as the official one sheet for the award winning film. They will be made available for 24 hours starting at 8:00 AM PST on Tuesday, January 30th and ending at 7:59 AM PST on Wednesday, January 31st. The edition will be limited by the number of prints sold during those 24 hours and never reprinted.

The Shape of Water by James Jean
Print measures: 33 1/2” x 23”
Printed on archival 310 gsm 100% cotton-rag paper with archival pigment-based ink 
Silkscreened enhancement
Embossed chop
Signed and numbered by James Jean 
Price: $200 

This print will ship rolled. Since the edition size and production of the print will be finalized after the sale is complete, please allow extra time for shipping. Orders will ship within 4 – 5 weeks of the sale, if not sooner.

Order HERE.

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The Shape of Water Hardcover By Guillermo Del Toro & Daniel Kraus 

Visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus combine their estimable talent in this haunting, heartbreaking love story.

The Shape of Water will be published as an adult novel. The novel itself will mirror, and expand upon, the material in the film — though will not be considered a tie-in novel for the movie. Illustrations by visual artist James Jean, who also provided the stunning poster art for the film, will feature throughout the novel.

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

Developed from the ground up as a bold two-tiered release—one story interpreted by two artists in the independent mediums of literature and film—The Shape of Water weaves together fantasy, horror, and romance to create a tale that is equally gripping on the page and on the big screen.

Prepare for an experience unlike anything you’ve ever read or seen. The 320 page book will be released on February 27, 2018.

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