Guillermo del Toro adopts Alma, animated flick about the specter of dark forces?

I'm starting to think Guillermo del Toro has commitment issues...

In what's become a weekly ritual, the Mexican visionary is setting his sights on yet another project to possibly produce...this time a dark, PAN'S LABYRINTH type animated film.

According to the L.A. Times, del Toro is courting ALMA, a moody tale about children facing the specter of dark forces. Word is he'll spearhead and produce, lending as much creative control as he can without actually directing.

The story, born from a short about dolls and baby-snatching, comes from ex-Pixar employee Rodrigo Blaas, who will also direct the film for DreamWorks. As you may recall, Blaas is also in the running to co-direct TROLLHUNTERS with del Toro...yet another tale conceived by Guillermo with hopes of cinematic adaptation. As the Times puts it:

"Both are fairy tales about good children interacting with, and possibly victimized by, creatures that exist just below the surface of the world we know."

Yup, sounds like a cartoon version of PAN'S LABYRINTH.

Concerning his own directorial slate, del Toro has FRANKENSTEIN and AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS currently in pre-production.

Extra Tidbit: Del Toro is producing KUNG FU PANDA 2, starring Angie Jolie (above).
Source: L.A. Times



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