Posted on 22 July 2010 by Parker
The first major GDT news has hit the ‘net from Comic Con. Guillermo made a surprise appearance at the TRON panel and announced that he (and writing partner Matthew Robbins) will be writing and producing a film inspired by the HAUNTED MANSION theme park ride.
Here is a quote from an exclusive Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s going to be a thrill ride for the whole family but it’s definitely going to be scary,” he said. “(Walt) Disney is one of the creators of some of the scariest images in my childhood. People forget that he not only made sweet images but also images of nightmare. We need to honor that side of the legacy.”
Die hard fans of Guillermo will know that he is a huge fan of THE HAUNTED MANSION, and has collected memorabilia in his “man cave”.
At this time Guillermo has not committed to direct the film, but has left his options open depending on the status of other projects.
We will post more news here at DTF as we get it.
Posted on 16 September 2009 by Parker
Guillermo visited our message board today to give some details on Disney’s DOUBLE DARE YOU production label (and other projects). I had emailed him a couple of days ago and asked if the GOOSEBUMPS brand would be a similar model.
The answer: NOT AT ALL.
GDT confirmed that although books, games and other merchandise will be part of the label, DDY will release “theatrical, high end” animated feature films. These will be “edgier” animated films that could move into “PG-13″ territory.
Here is what Guillermo had to say:
For those that know me- I am a Disney nut. One whole room in BLEAK HOUSE is dedicated to the HAUNTED MANSION and I have a huge “Altar” (complete with offerings and candles) dedicated to Disney villians. I have collected original concept art for years and own many key pieces of art by Mary Blair, Kay Nielsen and Eyvind Earle, including FANTASIA, SLEEPING BEAUTY, ICHABOD CRANE, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and about 20 perfect concepts for NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
I ahve been going to Disneyland once a year or more -many times alone- for 40 years… and I have been planning this, my new relationship with PIXAR/DISNEY for a couple of years ago> I have a plan and I have been carefully pursuing it- and, no, it didn’t start with THE HOBBIT. It predates it by a long while. I am trying to map out the next 10 years of my creative life and I’m touching the narrative forms I am interested on. That will include books, animation and games aside from films. I intend to be fluent in those languages and mediums, not as a user but as a practitioner.
Remember, on my early years, NECROPIA made make up FX and animation. I bought and rebuilt the FIRST 35 mm animation camera in my hometown (still in use) a MITCHELL NC with Berthiot optical lenses. I trained the keystone of new animators there and dabbled myself in stop motion and clay animation. This is one of the rare instances in which life follows a design.
DDY has a ratings ceiling of PG-13 and I think animation can move in that direction. With PIXAR tackling stuff like the MARS novels and other filmmakers pushing the creation of 3-D environments and characters (AVATAR, Zemeckis) I believe we can hope for animation projects that can be edgy and powerful. And, no, GOOSEBUMPS is not my model- As I said, the E-ticket rides of Yore are my inspiration, as are Chernabog or Maleficent or the Witch in Snow White, etc I am planning SCARY stuff to be part of the experience. The books will have a fantastic angle- soon to be revealed. Dick Cook and John Lasseter got excited about this precisely because the model I proposed is completely new.
This clarification rules out that the film projects would be limited to OVA’s (Original Video Animation), also known as Direct-to-DVD releases. This is great news, as this guarantees a Guillermo Del Toro-inspired Disney feature film.
Posted on 11 September 2009 by Parker
Walt Disney Studios announced today that, in collaboration with Guillermo Del Toro, they will create new “animated features full of chills and thrills for audiences of all ages.” This new production label, “Disney Double Dare You,” was a concept originated and designed by Guillermo. The label will function under his guidance and he will also direct certain projects.
Said Del Toro, “As a director, I love to take audiences into fantastic new worlds and provide them with some anxious moments in the process. It is part of the Disney canon to create thrilling, unforgettable moments and villains in all their classic films. It is my privilege for DDY to continue in this tradition. To partner up with The Walt Disney Studios, with the support of Dick Cook and John Lasseter, is to belong to a storytelling partnership that I admire deeply. It is a true honor. I look forward to coming up with fresh and original stories that will take Disney films in a whole new direction. The emphasis is on fun, and we have some great ideas already on the storyboards.”
The first project in development for “Disney Double Dare You” will be “The Trollhunters”, an original Del Toro story which he will also produce.
To read the entire press release, click here.
Posted on 07 September 2009 by Parker
Here is a message posted by Guillermo on the TORN message boards today:
In a few days there will be a BIG announcement (big for me, at least) that is not-Hobbit related. BEFORE anyone starts wondering the usual “how does he have time?, Is this detracting form The Hobbit?” etc It is a project that started over 2 years ago, before The Hobbit and will render fruits in the mid-term, not intruding on my Hobbit duties. Rest assured.
The key letter is “D”
So what is the mystery “D” project? Here are the possibilites:
- DEADMAN – the GDT produced project was first announced July 2006, close to two years ago. And since director Nikolaj Arcel was recently announced, we could be hearing more about this comic book hero soon.
- DEATH – THE HIGH COST OF LIVING – we first heard about Guillermo’s plan to executive produce Neil Gaiman’s directorial debut back in June of 2007. Since Mr. Gaiman happened to make a set visit to HELLBOY II to learn a few things about directing, it wouldn’t surprise us if the DEATH project was still alive.
- DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK – this horror remake co-scripted by Guillermo is already filming in Melbourne. Don’t expect any big news here. This project is already well on it’s way.
- DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE – GDT’s involvement with the mad doctor was first made public back in September in 2008. Could an announcement be forthcoming on this horror tale? Could be, but we think it is unlikely.
- DROOD – we’ve been keeping our eye on this one for the last year. It is a perfect film for Guillermo. Not only is he a fan of Dickens, but it has mysterious skeletal strangers, dark passage ways, insects, madness and more
If we had to guess, we thank best odds are on another announcement for DEADMAN (an actor perhaps?), but the darkhorse pick is for DEATH – THE HIGH COST OF LIVING.
We think the third most-likely scenario would be a staggering announcement that GDT will be directing DROOD after the HOBBIT, but it is stil a real long shot that Guillermo’s next film would be in the pipeline this early…