Fresh from their Oscar-winning success with The Shape of Water, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has signed a deal with Fox Searchlight to launch a new genre label focussing on sci-fi, fantasy and horror movies.
“Fox Searchlight is also creating a new, soon to be named, label which will serve as a home for projects in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres, including those produced and curated by del Toro,” reads the statement from Fox. “Films will be financed, marketed and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.”
“For the longest time, I’ve hoped to find an environment in which I can distribute, nurture and produce new voices in smart, inventive genre films and channel my own,” added del Toro. “In Fox Searchlight, I’ve found a real home for live action production — a partnership based on hard work, understanding of each other and, above all, faith. After the wonderful experience I had with Fox Searchlight on The Shape of Water, I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the relationship. I am more than grateful to Nancy, Steve, David and Matthew for their trust in me and for joining me on this adventure.”
The first release under the new venture will be Antlers, based upon Nick Antosca’s short story The Quiet Boy. Produced by del Toro and directed by Scott Cooper, the film follows a teacher who takes in a troubles student harbouring a mysterious and deadly family secret.