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Guillermo del Toro Heading Down ‘Nightmare Alley’

Guillermo del Toro, who is the master at announcing projects he’ll never find the time to direct, has added Nightmare Alley to the list.

Variety reports that del Toro will continue his relationship with Fox Searchlight, who released his critically acclaimed The Shape of Water.

Nightmare Alley is a remake that originally starred Tyrone Power as an ambitious young con-man who hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he is. At first, they enjoy success fleecing people with their mentalist act, but then she turns the table on him, out-manipulating the manipulator.

Sources indicate that this will likely not be his next directing job, as he still has to pen the script, which he plans to co-write with Kim Morgan.

Fox’ original Nightmare Alley was released in 1947.



  • Graham

    The original is essentially a straightforward drama/film noir. Seems like an odd choice for Del Toro who usually deals with supernatural subject matter. But it would certainly lend itself to a stylish flair. Although I think the Tyrone Power film is fantastic, I hope that the remake maintains the bleak ending of the original novel.

  • Batcat

    Nightmare Alley is such a dark, strange and one of a kind movie, it feels weird to remake it at all. Of all the Del Toro projects that have been proposed in the last few years, this one seems the most off. I just don’t really see a purpose in a remake.

  • Jérémy Kuprowski

    I’d honestly like Del Toro to stop biting more than he can chew… Of course, I absolutely LOVE his movies and his style , but I’d rather have him focused on one project at a time in order to produce more stuffs like Pan’s labyrinth (and possibly The Shape of Water, which I haven’t seen yet but I heard only good things about).

  • James Allard

    The original movie is so damn good, it really does not need a remake.

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