Today in Great News: Guillermo del Toro’s Complicated Monsters Find Permanent Home at Fox Searchlight

Guillermo del Toro has been following his passion for decades, and it paid off this award season. Nominated for a Golden Globe and Oscar for directing The Shape of Water, ultimately taking home statues for both, del Toro delivered passionate acceptance speeches that struck an emotional note. The king of creating complicated monsters, we were thrilled to see del Toro reach commercial success. Now, his ideas will be going even farther. According to the LA Times, Fox Searchlight just penned a deal with the monster movie master for several new projects.

The director who dreamed up Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim often has original character concepts for his works. His films are always beautiful and interesting, but sometimes have trouble finding their footing in pre-production. His imaginative concepts like At The Mountain of Madness and a dark Pinocchio have had difficulty finding funding. Luckily for his fans, this deal is primed to boost del Toro’s output.

“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,” del Toro said in a statement. “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. After the wonderful experience I had with Fox Searchlight on The Shape of Water, I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the relationship. I am more than grateful to [Fox Searchlight presidents] Nancy [Utley], Steve [Gilula], David [Greenbaum] and Matthew [Greenfield] for their trust in me and for joining me on this adventure.”

Fox Searchlight had a winning streak this year, also producing Oscar winner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The company tends to be in the business of making buzz worthy films, including Birdman, 12 Years A Slave, and Black Swan.

We were swept away by del Toro’s award winning aquatic fantasy film. His unique voice is a powerful addition to modern storytelling. Antlers is slated to be the next del Toro release, and we cannot wait to see where he’ll go next. Bravo, Guillermo. We look forward to seeing more of you in theaters.

Featured Image: Richard Jenkins, director Guillermo del Toro and Sally Hawkins on the set of THE SHAPE OF WATER. Photo by Kerry Hayes. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved


Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.