the shape of water

Two years ago, Guillermo del Toro‘s bold and brilliant Crimson Peak failed to find an audience in theaters, leaving it to attract its inevitable future following in the world of home video. Many wondered if the film’s box office failure was due to the marketing selling a straight-up horror movie while the actual film was a stranger, slightly less accessible beast. I still remember attending the film’s premiere at Fantastic Fest, where del Toro insisted that he had made a “gothic romance,” not a horror movie. He seemed well-aware that the film wasn’t being sold correctly.

So it doesn’t come as a surprise that del Toro took to Twitter today to clarify that his upcoming film The Shape of Water is not a horror movie…even though it’s about a fish monster…and even though it just received an R-rating from the MPAA.

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the shape of water

You can tell a lot about a movie based on when a distributor decides to release it into theaters. In the case of Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming The Shape of Water, the newly revealed release date showcases Fox Searchlight’s confidence in this being a potential end-of-the-year awards contender.

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Doug Jones

For /Film readers, actor Doug Jones needs no introduction. You already know he’s the guy who embodied the Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, the Silver Surfer in the Fantastic Four sequel, Abe Sapien in the Hellboy movies, and dozens of other creature-driven characters over the past thirty years (And if you didn’t know, now you do!).

One of Jones’ upcoming films we’re looking forward to the most is another collaboration with writer/director Guillermo del Toro. It’s called The Shape of Water, and Jones has spilled some more details about what we can expect from del Toro’s mysterious, monstrous new love story.
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Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water

I’m excited about all of the project that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) is developing but I never believe any of them are actually going to happen until the first day of filming begins. That day has come for his cold war fantasy film The Shape Of Water, which begins principal photography today in Toronto Canada. Learn more about The Shape of Water, after the jump.

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Richard Jenkins in Olive Kitteridge

Guillermo del Toro has about a hundred different projects cooking at any given moment, but as we reported back in March, his next directorial effort is a Cold War romance starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Of course, del Toro being del Toro, this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill period piece.

Earlier reports vaguely alluded to an “otherwordly” element, and now we might have a better idea of just what that might mean. A new report claims Richard Jenkins is looking to join the del Toro project… and that the story might involve an amphibious man.   Read More »