Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade 2, Pacific Rim) has come onboard with Reel FX to produce a CG-animated film with the working title Day of the Dead, reports Variety.
Del Toro will also present the film, directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez (who directed tons of animation for “Mad” TV), from a script he wrote with Gutierrez and Doug Langdale. Reel FX will produce alongside Aaron Berger and Carina Schulze of Chatrone.
Story’s a “Romeo and Juliet”-style tale set against a Mexican “Day of the Dead” backdrop. It’s the first time since 1993’s Cronos that del Toro has collaborated on a feature project set in Mexico.
“This is a colorful, vibrant, vital fable that utilizes the animation medium in an incredible way,” del Toro said.
Reel FX said “Day of the Dead” is scheduled to be released in fall 2014.