Guillermo del Toro Signs Filmmaking Deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Searchlight Pictures has signed a extensive film-making deal with director Guillermo del Toro. Because of this deal, things are looking increasing positive for del Toro following his multiple Oscar wins for The Shape of Water.
Similar to the film-making deal director Quentin Tarantino had with Miramax then The Weinstein Company, Guillermo del Toro now has a production home for his future live-action film projects. Part of the deal covers films written, produced, and directed by del Toro. The second part of the Fox Searchlight Pictures deal will create a new film label within Searchlight for Guillermo del Toro under which fantasy, horror, and science fiction films will by curated, shepherded, molded, and produced by del Toro.
Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Co-heads of Production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum had this to say about the latter part of Guillermo del Toro’s film deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures:
As well as being a brilliant filmmaker, Guillermo is a passionate collaborator, curator and advocate for other artists. Working with him on this new label, focused on the highest quality projects in the genre space, allows Searchlight to expand our reach to new filmmakers and new audiences around the world.
Guillermo Del Toro had this to say about his new deal with 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. 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.”
That environment has already bore collaborative fruit. Antlers, based on Nick Antosca‘s short story The Quiet Boy, is in active development at the yet unnamed new film label within Fox Searchlight Pictures. Antlers is a story about “an elementary school teacher who takes in a troubled student that harbors a mysterious family secret with deadly consequences.” The screenplay for Antlers was written Nick Antosca and Henry Chaisson. Scott Cooper is directing Antlers, Kevin Turen is executive producing the film, and Guillermo del Toro, David Goyer, and J. Miles Dale are producing the film.
Antlers does not have a cast or a U.S. theater release date yet.
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