Guillermo del Toro Says His Next Stop-Motion Animated Film Is ‘The Buried Giant’

While Pinocchio isn’t the first time director Guillermo del Toro has dabbled in animation, but the film’s critical success, including recent Oscar nominations, is likely going to push him to continue making films within that media for years to come. Thankfully, del Toro is now giving folks an idea what he’s looking at tackling next and it is yet another adaptation.

During a chat with The Telegraph (via The Playlist), del Toro has explained that while it won’t be his next feature film, he’s looking to turn the 2015 Kazuo Ishiguro (author of Never Let Me Go) novel The Buried Giant into an animated film. Not only that, he’s already working on a script with Dennis Kelly (Utopia, Matilda The Musical) and they’ll begin designing the film in two months. Extremely exciting news for folks that want to see del Toro continue making various animation projects.

“The next stop-motion film I’m making is an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant, which I’m currently co-writing with Dennis Kelly, and we start the design process in two months,” del Toro told The Telegraph “I’m shooting a live-action feature first. But in the meantime, we’re developing a look-book, and in about two years if everything goes well, we’ll start production.”

Below is a synopsis of the novel del Toro intends to adapt:

In post-Arthurian Britain, the wars that once raged between the Saxons and the Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly British couple, set off to visit their son, whom they haven’t seen in years. And, because a strange mist has caused mass amnesia throughout the land, they can scarcely remember anything about him. As they are joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and an illustrious knight, Axl and Beatrice slowly begin to remember the dark and troubled past they all share.

One would have to assume that The Buried Giant could end up on Netflix given del Toro’s strong working relationship with them and signs that his next live-action film will land at the streaming service as well.

What’s On Netflix previously reported that the next live-action film from del Toro is expected to be a version of the classic Mary Shelly novel Frankenstein at Netflix with actor Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina) said to be attached to the horror project as Doctor Frankenstein. I previously discovered last year that the filmmaker is expected to be using existing illustrated artwork for the film from Swamp Thing co-creator Bernie Wrightson (the doctor eerily looks like Isaac) and they have seemingly got permission from the late artist’s estate to do so. Guillermo’s desire to make a Frankenstein movie goes back ages to when he was trying to lineup an adaptation at Universal Pictures, long before their Dark Universe plans.


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