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Guillermo Del Toro to oversee Horror Movie banner at Fox Searchlight

April 4th, 2018 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Guillermo del Toro must feel like a man who can do anything at the moment and that feeling is entirely justified, as he is riding high on the crest of a wave with his multi Oscar winning The Shape of Water garnering both critical acclaim and much love from the film going public.

Mr del Toro is now going to showcase his charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent by signing an overall deal with Fox Searchlight that will see the auteur write, produce and direct live-action feature films.

For their part in the bargain, Fox will create a new label that will “serve as a home for projects in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres including those projects produced and curated by del Toro”

In a statement Del Toro said: “For the longest time, I’ve hoped to find an environment in which I can distribute, nurture and produce new voices in smart, inventive genre films and channel my own. In Fox Searchlight, I’ve found a real home for live action production — a partnership based on hard work, understanding of each other and, above all, faith.”

The first project under the new arrangement will be a movie called Antlers, a supernatural thriller based on the short story The Quiet Boy and will be directed by Scott Cooper.  The story tells of an elementary school teacher who takes a troubled student under his wing but the student harbours a mysterious family secret that will have deadly consequences

“As well as being a brilliant filmmaker, Guillermo is a passionate collaborator, curator and advocate for other artists. Working with him on this new label, focused on the highest quality projects in the genre space, allows Searchlight to expand our reach to new filmmakers and new audiences around the world,” said Fox Searchlight co-presidents of production David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield.

This could be something special, like really, really very special.

Del Toro has been making great movies for many years, sometimes under very tight budgetary constraints and supervision from the studio.  This deal could give him the freedom to create his own works, with his own vision, while also allowing him to help the next generation of film makers push the envelope with the genre movies we all like so much.

Bet Universal are not loving this news… #DarkUniverse

Source: THR

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