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Guillermo del Toro to Produce CG 'Day of the Dead' with Reel FX; A 'Romeo and Juliet' Tale Set in Mexico

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 21, 2012 at 4:10PM

Guillermo del Toro has signed on to produce and present Reel FX's "Day of the Dead," a CG-animated film to be directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. Gutierrez, whose credits include "El Tigre" and "The Adventures of Manny Rivera," is writing the script with Doug Langdale. The "Romeo and Juliet" romance is set against a Mexican "Day of the Dead" backdrop. Music will play a large part in the film; A-list recording artists may be reworking iconic songs.
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Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro has signed on to produce and present Reel FX's "Day of the Dead," a CG-animated film to be directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. Gutierrez, whose credits include "El Tigre" and "The Adventures of Manny Rivera," is writing the script with Doug Langdale. The "Romeo and Juliet" romance is set against a Mexican "Day of the Dead" backdrop. Music will play a large part in the film; A-list recording artists may be reworking iconic songs.

This marks Del Toro's first project set in Mexico since 1993's "Cronos." The filmmakers states:

"I have admired Jorge's work for a long time. He has a unique aesthetic and sense of humor. 'Day of the Dead' offers a perfect opportunity for his sensibilities to shine.  This is a colorful, vibrant, vital fable that utilizes the animation medium in an incredible way. The object of the tale is not only to talk about life but to dazzle us -- jolt us -- into living to the fullest."

Chatrone, Inc. is producing with Reel FX. "Day of the Dead" is a working title; the film is slated for a Fall 2014 release.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.