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del Toro breaks "Wind"

02.14.2002

Harry Knowles look-alike Guillermo del Toro (currently hard at work on post-production for BLADE 2) is currently negotiating with Disney to direct a film adaptation of the classic tale THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS.  Under the deal, the director would work with a writer agreed upon by both him and the studio to develop a treatment and eventual script.  Apparently, the Mouse is looking to take this production and turn it into their LORD OF THE RINGS, feeling that del Toro is an untapped talent along the lines of LOTR director Peter Jackson.  The movie would combine live action and CGI animation to create the animal effects.  The story, written by Kenneth Grahame in 1908, follows the adventures of Ratty, Mr. Toad, Badger and Mole in the River.  The film is expected to carry a large budget to cover all the likely visual effects needed.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Source: Variety
Tags: Hollywood

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