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Update: New details on Guillermo del Toro's supernatural Cold War drama

05.04.2016
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The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro Sally Hawkins Richard Jenkins Octavia Spencer Banner

UPDATE: The studio has sent along an official description for the film: "An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. A mysterious and magical journey from master storyteller Guillermo del Toro."

Back in March we learned that Guillermo del Toro is planning on directing a supernatural Cold War drama that has "an otherworldly love story at the center of it," and now thanks to The Tracking Board, we might know a little bit more about the film, including its title.

The site is claiming that the movie is titled THE SHAPE OF WATER, and that the 1963-set fairytale centers around Elisa, "a mute janitor working at a lab where an amphibious man is being held captive. When Elisa falls in love with the creature, she devises a plan to help him escape with the assistance of her neighbor. The world outside of the lab, however, may prove to be more dangerous for the amphibious man than Elisa could have anticipated."

GODZILLA and BLUE JASMINE actress Sally Hawkins will star as Elisa, and TB has also heard that Richard Jenkins (JACK REACHER) is in talks to play her neighbor. Octavia Spencer (SNOWPIERCER) and Michael Stuhlbarg (A SERIOUS MAN) are also currently in negotiations to join the cast, however there aren't any details on what their roles might be in the film.

It was previously reported that the movie is expected to head into production in mid-August, so if this will indeed be del Toro's next feature film directing project (and there's no guarantee that it will be), we should be hearing more about it in the coming months.

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10:06AM on 05/05/2016
Sounds like a story heavily inspired by Abe Sapien's character from Hellboy.
Sounds like a story heavily inspired by Abe Sapien's character from Hellboy.
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3:12AM on 05/05/2016

Bring it on

Loved all of GDT's films right from Cronos to Crimson Peak. Very excited for this one now!
Loved all of GDT's films right from Cronos to Crimson Peak. Very excited for this one now!
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3:09PM on 05/04/2016
Oh Del Toro, there are few directors that I feel as conflicted about as you. I personally don't think that the first Hellboy, Mimic or even Blade II were anything that special so I was surprised when Pan's Labyrinth started getting insane levels of hype. I saw it opening weekend here and to this day still firmly feel it deserves all of the praise it gets (even after seeing Spirit of the Beehive which it heavily borrows from). I was also really impressed by Hellboy 2, it has all of the
Oh Del Toro, there are few directors that I feel as conflicted about as you. I personally don't think that the first Hellboy, Mimic or even Blade II were anything that special so I was surprised when Pan's Labyrinth started getting insane levels of hype. I saw it opening weekend here and to this day still firmly feel it deserves all of the praise it gets (even after seeing Spirit of the Beehive which it heavily borrows from). I was also really impressed by Hellboy 2, it has all of the ingredients to be an over the top so-bad-its-good camp fest, and DelToro pulls it off wonderfully and crafts it into a pretty touching fantasy flick. However, I was super disappointed with Pacific Rim and even more so with Crimson Peak, which had every opportunity to be a return to form for him. To quote the X-Files "I Want to Believe!", don't let me down a third time Del Toro!
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