Guillermo del Toro’s having a moment — and not just in the awards department. Fresh off a pack-leading boatload of Golden Globe nominations for The Shape of Water, his modern take on a Beauty and the Beast-themed interspecies love story, the resurgent director has been handed the production reins for a new genre picture — one co-written by Nick Antosca, the showrunner for SYFY’s Channel Zero.
Del Toro will share a co-producing credit on Antlers, a story about an elementary school teacher whose interest in the personal troubles of one of her students leads the pair toward a supernatural — and terrifying — secret.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is reportedly talking to director Scott Cooper about directing Antlers, which was co-written by Antosca and Henry Chaisson. It would be the first genre movie for Cooper, whose most recent film is the period western Hostiles with Christian Bale.
Fox Searchlight has also tapped del Toro to direct a remake of noir classic Nightmare Alley, a drama from the 1940s about a con man who — in typical noir fashion — is always one step to the left of making the right decisions…especially ones that happen to concern the opposite sex.
While Nightmare Alley will find del Toro in less fantastical and somewhat more conventional storytelling territory, its carnival setting — famous for being recreated at full scale for the original film — lends itself well to a fresh adaptation from a director like del Toro, who’s known for his opulent visual style.
Barring a surprise announcement, Nightmare Alley looks to be del Toro’s next directing gig, following the apparent collapse of his would-be dark take on Pinocchio — a project he recently told IGN is “not happening.”
In the meantime, you can continue to find del Toro’s animated series Trollhunters on Netflix…or head to the theater to check out The Shape of Water and see what has all the critics so excited.