When we laid eyes on the trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, we couldn’t help but think of Creature from the Black Lagoon. The film looks to be Del Toro’s take on Universal’s 1954 classic, which is interesting because he was at one point attached to a remake. Not surprisingly, it was indeed Creature that inspired Del Toro’s latest!
Speaking with LA Times, Del Toro outlined where the idea came from.
“I’ve had this movie in my head since I was 6, not as a story but as an idea,” he told the site. “When I saw the creature swimming under Julie Adams [in Creature From the Black Lagoon], I thought three things: I thought, ‘Hubba-hubba.’ I thought, ‘This is the most poetic thing I’ll ever see.’ I was overwhelmed by the beauty. And the third thing I thought is, ‘I hope they end up together.’”
All these years later, Del Toro has brought his childhood dream to life. Gotta love it.
In the other-worldly tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America…
In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones also star.
Look for The Shape of Water on December 8, 2017.