by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro has a huge amount of work in front of him. He’s got Pacific Rim 2 and The Haunted Mansion as his main projects amongst a few other things. He’s got so much to do that he had to bow out of the supernatural DC Comics adaptation Justice League Dark, which saddened me a bit.
But his new project that’s being rumored perked me up a bit, just for the way it’s being described. The Tracking Board has gotten word that GdT is working on a new film for Fox Searchlight that is being described as “WALL-E meets Splash.”
How in the world does someone combine two films like that? No other details are being given at this time, so I don’t even know where to begin in my speculation as to exactly what del Toro could possibly be concocting in that head of his.
Tracking Board is saying that this is going to be aimed at kids. I’m not sure if it’s because the comparison films were both rated in the kid-friendly range, but both films also dealt with some adult themes as well.
If anyone can make a WALL-E /Splash hybrid film and make it work, Guillermo del Toro would be a name high in my list. He’s produced children’s films in the past (Rise of the Guardians, Puss In Boots and Book Of Life for example). And while not exactly aimed at the younger audiences, I think Pan’s Labyrinth was one of the greatest fairy tales to be created in my lifetime.
Nothing has been confirmed by the filmmaker or the studio at this moment, so for now this isn’t concrete by any means. But it does sound like an interesting concept that could be huge.