With 'Day of the Dead,' Guillermo del Toro ramps up GDT Inc.
Guillero del Toro has signed on to produce/lend his name to yet another film, a CG-animated horror pic titled “Day of the Dead.”
The independent animation studio Reel FX is behind the Mexico-set feature, which is centered on the Mexican remembrance day and will be directed by television veteran Jorge R. Gutierrez. The idea, Reel FX said, is to have the movie (language(s) as-yet-unrevealed) ready for release in the fall of 2014, though no distribution deal has been announced.
A release from Reel FX called the film “an action-packed, fully CG-animated picture, with a ‘Romeo and Juliet'-style love story set against a Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ backdrop.” It may well wind up being just that, but the announcement can’t completely disguise the fact that Del Toro’s been offering both his advice and name to a lot of movies lately in a producerial capacity. Apart from “Puss in Boots,” they haven’t exactly been grand slams — “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” the little-known “Julia’s Eyes.”
The upcoming horror title "Mama" and animation feature "Rise of the Guardians" also bear the Del Toro imprimatur.
As for his own films, Del Toro hasn’t actually directed a movie since “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” nearly four years ago. Some of that is of course not his fault, what with the Peter Jackson squabbles on “The Hobbit” and all. But the stakes will be raised when Del Toro finally brings out his new movie, the alien-attack monster picture “Pacific Rim,” in May, if he doesn’t put his stamp on three others movies before then.
-- Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Guillermo del Toro at Comic-Con. Credit: Getty Images