In 2006, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth presented an amazing mix of historical fiction and horrifying magical realism that solidified his position as one of the most important directors currently working in film. Because his projects are so diverse, he has not since revisited this style of storytelling. While many fans enjoy his recent works like Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, some have been yearning for Del Toro to return to a more intimate style of storytelling found in Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth. Based on early buzz, these fans may get exactly what they’re looking for this December!
Deadline reports that Fox Searchlight will release Del Toro’s latest film, entitled The Shape of Water, to theaters on December 8th, 2017. Details about this secretive project have been scarce, but the studio has released an official synopsis for the film which recalls many of the motifs of Del Toro’s earlier works:
“(The Shape of Water is) an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Her life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.”
We know that the “secret classified experiment” is an “aquatic man” played by longtime Del Toro collaborator, Doug Jones (Abe Sapien, Fauno, Pale Man, Angel of Death). Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Lauren Lee Smith, and Michael Stuhlbarg will also star in the film.
Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more news on The Shape of Water as it breaks!