Guillermo del Toro's La forma del agua Leads Golden Globe Nominees

Angelo Anderson
December 13, 2017

And yet, he's just attached to himself to direct a new project, and he'll also be producing a new supernatural film called Antlers for Fox Searchlight with Scott Cooper (Black Mass, Hostiles) in talks to direct.

"I am delighted to continue the producing partnership that has been forged with Fox Searchlight during the making of "The Shape of Water, '" del Toro said in a statement". It might not be his next directing job though, as he still needs to write the script with his co-writer Kim Morgan. "Nancy, Steve, David and Matthew and the entire team are great champions of true cinema". Nightmare Alley would be a very different type of film for del Toro who has mainly been working in the horror and fantasy realm throughout his career. It would be the first genre movie for Cooper, whose most recent film is the period western Hostiles with Christian Bale.

Originally released in 1947, Nightmare Alley starred Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell as a con man and a mentalist who make their livings fleecing the patrons of a traveling carnival. Adapted from Nick Antosca's short story by the author and Henry Chaisson, the horror sees a young teacher discovering that a student's family hides a terrifying secret, one that she has to fight for survival against when she takes the boy into her care.

New Guillermo is never a bad thing, but new Scott Cooper is never really a good thing (as he's arguably one of the most boring studio directors now working), so let's count this news as win/lose, with the knowledge that GDT may never actually step behind the camera for Nightmare Alley at all. Del toro's latest film The Shape of Water has been racking up nominations on the awards circuit with 14 Critics Choice Awards nominations and seven Golden Globes nods.

Del Toro will produce the remake as well.

He is also producing "Pacific Rim Uprising", which bows next spring, and is developing a "Fantastic Voyage" remake with James Cameron, which he hopes to direct in the near future.

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