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Guillermo del Toro is reuniting with Netflix to make another stop-motion animated movie. The acclaimed filmmaker, who recently won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Film Award for Best Animated Feature for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, will direct another major animated feature for the streamer, Deadline is reporting.
The filmmaker, who’s also nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, will adapt The Buried Giant. The upcoming movie will be based on the fantasy novel by Nobel Prize-winning British writer Kazuo Ishiguro. The book was published in 2015, 10 years after Ishiguro’s last book.
The novel follows an elderly Briton couple, Axl and Beatrice, who are living in a fictional post-Arthurian England. However, no one is able to retain long-term memories.
Besides helming the film, del Toro will also produce the feature, as well as co-write the script with Matilda the Musical scribe Dennis Kelly. As with Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, ShadowMachine’s stop motion studio will serve as the production’s home base.
Netflix Film Chairman Scott Stuber was interested in working on another big animated feature with the director after the acclaim that Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio received.
“Guillermo del Toro is a visionary filmmaker and master of his craft,” Stuber said. “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.”
Del Toro also commented on his next collaboration with the streamer. “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. 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, which was released in December, spent a month in the streamer’s top 10 English films list in 92 countries. The drama was viewed by more than 50 million views in its first 28 days.
The filmmaker is also nominated for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Picture by the Producers Guild of America (PGA). The ceremony will be held tomorrow at The Beverly Hilton.