Exuberance and imagination is what has led Guillermo Del Toro into becoming one of the most interesting filmmakers of this generation. Growing up in Mexico, he was exposed to the grim realities of life and death, but in spite of such tragedy, he cultivated a rigorous imagination. Though his directorial efforts have somewhat slowed down, he has become much more involved as a producer, selecting his next work: “Book of Life.
Fox Animation Studios have come to lend Del Toro a hand in making this new animated feature. “Book of Life” will be based on the Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead which is a time to remember the family members that have died. The exact details of this future film are still undisclosed. Similarly, Pixar will have its own project based on the holiday: “Day of the Dead.”
Picked by Del Toro, animator Jorge R. Gutierrez will come on board to direct. Gutierrez has featured Latin-inspired characters on such works as “Mucha Lucha” and the mirthful “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera.” This will be his first feature to direct though; the only other experience being the short “Carmelo.”
It would seem that Hollywood is now trying to reach the Hispanic demographic because of their major presence in the movie-going public. It is also likely to be family-friendly, and also what looks to be a large helping of kinetic fantasy storytelling.
It is promised that “Book of Life” will open October 2014, and maybe someday we will be hearing about “Hellboy 3”.