Guillermo del Toro Loads His Plate With Multiple Projects

Guillermo del Toro was all over the place at Comic-Con over the weekend — announcing upcoming projects like he was Oprah granting wishes to fanboys in need of entertainment.

Inside Pulse writer Danny Cox has already reported on Del Toro’s upcoming work for Disney on The Haunted Mansion, a reboot of the theme park-turned-film franchise that the filmmaker will write and produce. Here’s a bit of concept art that was distributed at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con as a collectible poster:

Also announced at Comic-Con was an upcoming stop-motion adaptation of Pinocchio. The animated film will be directed by Gris Grimley and will feature music by rocker Nick Cave. The look of the film will be influenced by artist Carlo Collodi’s take on the material.

Also on tap for Del Toro is a cable television show in the vein of Night Gallery. The director describes the show as a horror anthology that’s straight-up and serious. Details should be forthcoming in the next few months.

In even more Del Toro related news, Deadline is reporting that the filmmaker is working on some animated projects with Dreamworks — a development deal that will replace his Double Dare You production banner that was originally supposed to take place at Disney but fell apart due to delays on The Hobbit.

Finally, perhaps the most important news: What exactly will Del Toro’s next directing project be? The filmmaker has a lot of films on the table that he will be writing or producing (including next year’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark — a Miramax release that’s getting a lot of positive buzz out of Comic-Con) but Del Toro’s next official directing job is still unannounced. For now.

The filmmaker has said the announcement should take place within the week and it will be a horror film tied to a huge property. Could this be the long-rumored Frankenstein film? Perhaps an H.P. Lovecraft story? Who knows, it might even be a Dr. Strange movie for Marvel. What would you like to see Del Toro tackle next?

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