Guillermo del Toro taking year off

20th Century Fox has been trying to remake Richard Fleischer’s 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage since around 2005, and after a few stops and starts, they finally found a director in Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim). The last we heard, del Toro and Fox agreed to delay the production so del Toro could handle his press duties for The Shape of Water, the romantic fable that’s being primed for awards season this year.

But now the filmmaker says he’s taking a year off from directing, so what does that mean for Fantastic Voyage?
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Bram Stoker's Dracula and Crimson Peak

If you’re searching for the perfect Halloween double feature, you need not resort to repetitive slashers or gross-out gore-fests. You need only journey down a foggy, mossy path towards a towering structure in ruins, and find yourself embraced by the lush, ornate, blood-soaked worlds of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Crimson Peak. These two films are the fine wines of horror and gothic romance, paired perfectly with your gourmet Halloween meal. They live, and breathe, and die like so few other horror films.

Primarily because these two films do not adhere strictly to the horror genre. Instead, they wade into the world of Gothic romance, where candles flicker as passions burn; where the old world clashes with the new; where dark secrets lurk in locked rooms. But you can break those locks, if you’re adventurous enough; if you’re brave enough. If you’re willing to face the ghosts and undead that lurk in the shadows, and learn what truths they hold.

These films dabble in death and terror, yes. But they also thrive on love. They have beating hearts which long to be listened to. They are somehow both horrific and delicate; like Venus Fly Traps that can ensnare and destroy if you get too close. As Halloween approaches, and you look for a break from sequels and jump-scares, why not draw closer to these two films and wrap yourself up in their chilly embrace?

This post contains major spoilers for both films.

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the Shape of Water poster

The Shape of the Water looks like nothing we’ve seen on the big screen this year, and every stunning image and poster from Guillermo del Toro‘s dark fantasy only serves to highlight its lush visuals and wistful romance.

The newest The Shape of Water poster is no exception, bringing into one-sheet glory one of the most beautiful shots of the film.

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Guillermo Del Toro Michael Mann documentary

Today in news that will make the denizens of Film Twitter lose their collective minds, acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is apparently making a documentary about acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann. That’s a whole lot of acclaim to go around. Details are slim at the moment, but just the knowledge that a director like del Toro is making a doc about a director like Mann is pretty darn exciting. Get the info on the Guillermo del Toro Michael Mann documentary below.

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the shape of water footage

Guillermo del Toro is one of our best living filmmakers, and he’s about to release his masterpiece, The Shape of Water. A Cold War romance about a woman falling in love with a fish-man, The Shape of Water is a lovely monster movie the likes of which only del Toro could make. In a new behind-the-scenes feature, the acclaimed filmmaker talks a bit about the film while new footage is revealed. See the new The Shape of Water footage below.

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Guillermo del Toro is one of the busiest filmmakers working right now. It seems almost every other day the extremely talented visionary Crimson Peak director announces a new project. He has the excellent The Shape of Water hitting theaters soon (read our review), and he has the second season of his animated series Trollhunters currently in production at Netflix. And now two very familiar names have joined the Trollhunters cast: Luke Skywalker and Cersei Lannister. Okay, actually it’s Mark Hamill and Lena Headey. Hamill, Headey, and fellow Game of Thrones actor David Bradley have all been added to the Trollhunters season 2 cast.

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zodiac

Hello, /Film readers. It is I, Chris Evangelista. You may (or may not!) be familiar with my writing here, as I’ve been contributing to /Film since April. But now I’m part of the staff, and I’m very excited about that. I’m also very excited to tell you my 15 favorite movies. Some of these movies are downright masterpieces, others are like comforting junk food. I try not to limit myself in terms of “quality.” If a movie gets a reaction out of me, I consider it a success.  

I see a lot of movies. Too many, in fact. And what I’m always looking for is that spark. That feeling that I’m seeing something unique; something special; something to make me sit up and take notice.

This was a bit harder than I thought it would be, simply because there are so many movies I could include on this list, but these are the ones that I think are the most important. For now, at least. This list could easily change in a week.

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the shape of water red band trailer

Love stories never seemed so magical until Guillermo del Toro paired together a mute lab worker with an imprisoned fish man.

The master filmmaker’s poetic, lush The Shape of Water made waves at the Toronto International Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, and its enchanting first trailer piqued many fans’ interest in Del Toro’s Cold War-set story. But Doug Jones‘ fish creature was mostly shrouded in mystery next to Sally Hawkins‘ lab worker Elisa. But the new red band trailer finally sheds light on the gilled creature who is capturing so many hearts.

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the shape of water

Thank the movie gods for Guillermo del Toro. One of our best living filmmakers, del Toro crafts gorgeous, poetic films that combine genres to great effect. No one working today is making movies like the Crimson Peak filmmaker, and with The Shape of Water, del Toro may have made his masterpiece.

The Shape of Water is a poetic love story set during the Cold War, after John F. Kennedy’s Camelot has come to a tragic close. “The end of Camelot [was] the peak of the promise of the future,” del Toro said, “jet-fin cars, super fast kitchens, television, everything that if you’re white, Anglo-Saxon, heterosexual, you’re good. But if you’re anything else, you’re not so good. Then when Kennedy is shot and Vietnam escalates, and the disillusionment of that dream occurs, I don’t think that has healed.”

This is a love story, yes, but it’s about so much more. As is his custom, del Toro builds an entire world, and populates it with memorable, believable characters. The Shape of Water is also a fairy tale, and all good fairy tales need a princess.

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guillermo del toro projects shape of water

Guillermo del Toro has a tendency to juggle several passion projects before some of them make it to the theater after an excruciating wait, and others fall by the wayside. (RIP Hellboy 3.)

But with his newest film The Shape of Water receiving rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival this week and coming to theaters later this year, the Mexican auteur can finally turn his eyes to his next dark fairy tale: Pinocchio.

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