Guillermo del Toro, Mexican director, producer and screenwriter. Photo: Getty.
Guillermo del Toro, Mexican director, producer and screenwriter. Photo: Getty Images.

Guillermo del Toro's new animated film is based on a Kazuo Ishiguro novel

After the success of 'Pinocchio,' del Toro plans his new production to be based on a book by the Japanese-British writer.


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The Buried Giant, a novel written by the British writer of Japanese origin, Kazuo Ishiguro, may be the next animated production in the works by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.

He confirmed it in an interview with The Telegraph.

“Animation has given us so many indelible images over the years, but in many ways the industry wants to keep it at the children’s table. So, I want to keep pushing the medium into areas that demonstrate its capacity,” he said.

However, before The Buried Giant, del Toro will shoot a live-action movie, but has not confirmed what it will be.

“In the meantime, we’re developing a lookbook [for The Buried Giant], and in about two years, if everything goes well, we’ll start production,” del Toro said.

The Buried Giant takes place in the Middle Ages in England.

"From the passage of the Romans on the island only ruins remain, and Arthur and Merlin are legends of the past. Ogres still dwell in the mist, and Britons and Saxons live side-by-side in a barren land, divided into small villages. In one of them lives an elderly couple –Axl and Beatrice– who decide to go in search of their son. He left a long time ago, although they do not remember the specific circumstances of that game, because, like the rest of the region's inhabitants, they have lost a good part of their memory due to what they call 'the fog,'" reads the synopsis of the novel. 

You should know: Guillermo del Toro

Del Toro was born in Guadalajara in 1964. He debuted as a director in 1986 with his film Doña Lupe. A recent winner of a Golden Globe for his latest film, Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican director, producer and screenwriter won a previous Golden Globe for his movie, The Shape of Water in 2017.

The movie also won him Oscars in the Best Picture and Best Director categories, and a BAFTA Award for Best Director. 

Previously, Del Toro won the BAFTA with the film Pan's Labyrinth (2007) for Best Foreign Language Film; which also triumphed at the Goya Awards, the most prestigious awards given by the Spanish Film Academy.


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