Guillermo del Toro will continue working on animation at Netflix, as the legendary filmmaker has another project in the works with the streamer.
Deadline reports del Toro will adapt The Buried Giant, based on the fantasy novel by Nobel Prize-winning British writer Kazuo Ishiguro. Del Toro will produce and direct and is co-writing the script with Dennis Kelly (Matilda the Musical). ShadowMachine’s stop motion studio will handle the animation as they did on Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.
The novel follows an elderly Briton couple, Axl and Beatrice, living in a fictional post-Arthurian England in which no one is able to retain long-term memories.
“Guillermo del Toro is a visionary filmmaker and master of his craft,” said Netflix Film Chairman Scott Stuber. “We couldn’t be more proud of the prestigious recognition for his Pinocchio, and we’re pleased to continue our creative partnership as he develops his next project with Netflix.”
“The Buried Giant continues my animation partnership with Netflix and our pursuit of stop-motion as a medium to tell complex stories and build limitless worlds,” said del Toro. “It is a great honor and greater responsibility for me to direct this screenplay which Dennis Kelly and I are adapting from Kazuo Ishiguro’s profound and imaginative novel.”
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio was a massive success for del Toro; the film just won the BAFTA for Best Animated Feature and is heading into the 95th Academy Awards as the current frontrunner.