Guillermo del Toro
|Guillermo del Toro|
Guillermo del Toro at the 2013 WonderCon in Anaheim, California.
|Born||Guillermo del Toro
October 9, 1964
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
|Residence||Agoura Hills, California, United States|
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist|
|Influenced by||Pedro Almodóvar, Mario Bava, Luis Buñuel, James Whale, George A. Romero, Terence Fisher, Terry Gilliam, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Jean Renoir, David Cronenberg|
|Children||Mariana and Marisa|
Guillermo del Toro (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡiˈʝeɾmo ðel ˈtoɾo]; born October 9, 1964) is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish dark fantasy pieces, such as The Devil's Backbone (2001) and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), and more mainstream American action movies, such as Blade II (2002) and Hellboy (2004).
Del Toro's work is characterised by a strong connection to fairy tales and horror, with an effort to infuse visual or poetic beauty. He has a lifelong fascination with monsters, which he considers symbols of great power. Del Toro is known for his use of insectile and religious imagery, underworld and clockwork motifs, dominant amber lighting, and his frequent collaborations with Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, and Doug Jones.
Early life 
Del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He was raised in a strict Catholic household. Del Toro studied at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográficos, in Guadalajara. He first got involved in filmmaking when he was eight years old and studied special effects and make-up with special effects artist Dick Smith. Del Toro participated in the cult series La Hora Marcada with other renowned Mexican filmmakers such as Emmanuel Lubezki and Alfonso Cuarón.
He spent ten years as a special effects make-up designer and formed his own company, Necropia. He also co-founded the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Later on in his directing career, he formed his own production company, the Tequila Gang.
In 1997, at the age of 34, Guillermo was given a $30 million budget from Miramax Films to shoot his second film, Mimic. During this time, his father, automotive entrepreneur Federico del Toro, was kidnapped in Guadalajara. Although Federico was eventually released safely, there was intense economic pressure from his captors, to the point that del Toro's family had to pay twice the amount originally asked. The event prompted del Toro, his parents and his siblings to move abroad. In an interview with Time magazine, he said this about the kidnapping of his father: "Every day, every week, something happens that reminds me that I am in involuntary exile [from my country]."
Del Toro has directed a wide variety of films, from comic book adaptations (Blade II, Hellboy) to historical fantasy and horror films, two of which are set in Spain in the context of the Spanish Civil War under the authoritarian rule of Francisco Franco. These two films, The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth, are among his most critically acclaimed works. They share similar settings, protagonists and themes with the 1973 Spanish film The Spirit of the Beehive, widely considered to be the finest Spanish film of the 1970s.
Del Toro views the horror genre as inherently political, explaining, "Much like fairy tales, there are two facets of horror. One is pro-institution, which is the most reprehensible type of fairy tale: Don't wander into the woods, and always obey your parents. The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and antiestablishment."
He is close friends with two other prominent and critically praised Mexican filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu. The three often influence each other's directorial decisions, and have been interviewed together by Charlie Rose. Cuarón was one of the producers of Pan's Labyrinth, while Iñárritu assisted in editing the film.
In April 2008, del Toro was hired by Peter Jackson to direct the live-action film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. On May 30, 2010, del Toro left the project due to extended delays brought on by MGM's financial troubles. Although he did not direct the film, he continued co-writing the screenplays.
On June 2, 2009, del Toro's first novel, The Strain, was released. It is the first part of an apocalyptic vampire trilogy co-authored by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The second volume, The Fall, was released on September 21, 2010. The final installment, The Night Eternal, followed in October 2011.
On December 9, 2010, del Toro launched Mirada Studios with his long-time cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, director Mathew Cullen and executive producer Javier Jimenez. Mirada was formed in Los Angeles, California to be a collaborative space where they and other filmmakers can work with Mirada's artists to create and produce projects that span digital production and content for film, television, advertising, interactive and other media. Mirada launched as a sister company to production company Motion Theory.
Del Toro is currently in post-production on Pacific Rim, a science fiction film based on a screenplay by del Toro and Travis Beacham. In the film, giant monsters rise from the Pacific Ocean and attack major cities, leading humans to retaliate with gigantic mecha suits called Jaegers. Del Toro commented, "This is my most un-modest film, this has everything. The scale is enormous and I'm just a big kid having fun." The film is set to be released on July 12, 2013.
Future projects 
Del Toro's next project is The Strain, a vampire horror television series based on the novel trilogy of the same name by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. FX has commissioned a pilot episode, which del Toro scripted with Hogan and is set to direct in Toronto in July 2013.
After The Strain's pilot episode, del Toro is set to direct Crimson Peak, a gothic horror film he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Cox. Del Toro described the film as "a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story", citing The Omen, The Exorcist and The Shining as influences. Del Toro stated, "I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback." Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam are set to star. Production begins early 2014 in Toronto.
Del Toro is scheduled to direct four films for Universal; Frankenstein; a new adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five; and Drood, a film based on a Dan Simmons novel published in February 2009. Drood was expected to be his first project after the two films set in Middle-earth. These projects would have filled up his schedule until 2017. Part of the Universal deal entails continuing research and development for the creatures in At the Mountains of Madness. In June 2009, Del Toro said he would only direct Frankenstein . Del Toro is also in the early stages of development of Saturn and the End of Days.
Del Toro said his Frankenstein would be a faithful "Miltonian tragedy", citing Frank Darabont's "near perfect" script, which evolved into Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein. Del Toro said of his vision, "What I'm trying to do is take the myth and do something with it, but combining elements of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein without making it just a classical myth of the monster. The best moments in my mind of Frankenstein, of the novel, are yet to be filmed [...] The only guy that has ever nailed for me the emptiness, not the tragic, not the Miltonian dimension of the monster, but the emptiness is Christopher Lee in the Hammer films, where he really looks like something obscenely alive. Boris Karloff has the tragedy element nailed down but there are so many versions, including that great screenplay by Frank Darabont that was ultimately not really filmed." He has also cited Bernie Wrightson's illustrations as inspiration, and said the film will not focus on the monster's creation, but be an adventure film featuring the character. Del Toro said he would like Wrightson to design his version of the creature. The film will also focus on the religious aspects of Shelley's tale. In June 2009, del Toro stated that production on Frankenstein was not likely to begin for at least four years. Despite this, he has already cast frequent collaborator Doug Jones in the role of Frankenstein's monster. In an interview with Sci Fi Wire, Jones stated that he learned of the news the same day as everybody else; that "Guillermo did say to the press that he’s already cast me as his monster, but we’ve yet to talk about it. But in his mind, if that’s what he’s decided, then it's done ... It would be a dream come true." The film will be a period piece.
As of September 11, 2009 it has been made known that Guillermo del Toro has signed on with The Walt Disney Company to create a new label known as Disney Double Dare You. This new label will seek to create family friendly, all-ages animated projects that still manage to thrill and frighten. But as of 2012 it is not known if he's still involved with Disney as he currently moved on to DreamWorks Animation since 2010.
In June 2010 news came that del Toro would be writing and producing a brand new take on the story of Van Helsing. There is no word yet on if he will direct or not.
At Comic-Con 2010, del Toro made the surprise announcement that he would co-write, produce, and likely direct a 3D Haunted Mansion film for Disney. Del Toro says the film will stray away from the comedic nature of the 2003 film and will revolve around the ride's Hatbox Ghost.
On 28 July 2010 it was announced that he would direct At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft for Universal Pictures, with James Cameron as producer. The movie was originally set up as a project at DreamWorks in 2004. Just a month earlier, del Toro said that the Lovecraft adaptation probably wouldn't happen at all; "It doesn't look like I can do it. It's very difficult for the studios to take the step of doing a period-set, R-rated, tentpole movie with a tough ending and no love story. Lovecraft has a readership as big as any best-seller, but it's tough to quantify because his works are in the public domain." Not long after, he was approached by Cameron who asked him if he still wanted to do the movie. When del Toro confirmed he did, Cameron said “Let’s do it.” Both of them put forward the idea for Universal, which then greenlit it. Earlier the same year, del Toro also asked S. T. Joshi if he wanted to be a consultant if and when the movie got into motion.
Del Toro has expressed interest in video games, and hopes to create a "Citizen Kane of games." In an MTV News interview in late July 2010, he clarified his ambitions, stating that: "One of the things we're announcing in the next few weeks is a big deal with a big company. We're going to do games that are going to be technically and narratively very interesting. It's not a development deal. We're going to do it. We're doing them. And we're going to announce it soon enough." At the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards, del Toro announced that he was working on a video game titled Insane, which was planned for release in 2013. On August 6, 2012, it was announced that the project was cancelled, although in November, 2012 del Toro said that the game was still in development, with a developer and publisher that are currently unknown.
On 21 September 2010, del Toro announced that he wanted to direct new adaptations of the Stephen King novels It and Pet Sematary, but stated that he is very busy and unlikely to be able to make the films any time soon.
On 18 August 2011 it was announced del Toro is going to be developing a new film version of Beauty and the Beast, with Emma Watson in mind to star. Crazy, Stupid, Love producer Denise Di Novi confirmed the filmmaker’s involvement, and said that she would be co-producing the movie with him.
On January 15, 2013 del Toro confirmed that a film based around supernatural characters from DC Comics was being written. While Warner Brothers is still considering green lighting the film, del Toro stated that the working title is "Dark Universe" and will include characters such as John Constantine, Swamp Thing, The Spectre, and others.
Personal life 
He is married to his high school sweetheart Lorenza Newton, cousin of Mexican singer Guadalupe Pineda. He started dating Lorenza when both were studying at the Guadalajara School of Sciences. He currently lives in Agoura Hills, California with his wife and two daughters, Mariana and Marisa. In addition to the home in which he lives with his family, he owns a separate house exclusively to house his books, poster artwork and other belongings pertaining to his work, explaining, "As a kid, I dreamed of having a house with secret passages and a room where it rained 24 hours a day. The point of being over 40 is to fulfill the desires you've been harboring since you were 7."
In a 2007 interview, del Toro described his political position as "a little too liberal". He pointed out that the villains in most of his films, such as the industrialist in Cronos, the Nazis in Hellboy, and the Francoists in Pan's Labyrinth, are united by the common attribute of authoritarianism. "I hate structure. I'm completely anti-structural in terms of believing in institutions. I hate them. I hate any institutionalised social, religious, or economic holding."
In 2009, in an interview with Charlie Rose, del Toro described his Roman Catholic upbringing as excessively "morbid," saying "I mercifully lapsed as a Catholic, I say, but as Buñuel used to say, "I'm an atheist, thank God." Though insisting that he is spiritually "not with Buñuel" and that "once a Catholic, always a Catholic, in a way," he followed by saying, "I believe in man. I believe in mankind, as the worst and the best that has happened to this world." He has also responded to the observation that he views his art as his religion by saying, "It is. To me, art and storytelling serve primal, spiritual functions in my daily life. Whether I'm telling a bedtime story to my kids or trying to mount a movie or write a short story or a novel, I take it very seriously."
In 2010, del Toro revealed that he was a fan of video games, describing them as "the comic books of our time" and "a medium that gains no respect among the intelligentsia". He has stated that the only games he considers masterpieces are Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.
Del Toro's favorite film monsters are Frankenstein's monster, the Alien, Gill-man, Godzilla, and the Thing. Especially Frankenstein has a special meaning for him, in both film and literature, as he claim he has a "Frankenstein fetish to a degree that is unhealthy", and that it's "the most important book of my life, so you know if I get to it, whenever I get to it, it will be the right way."
Recurring collaborators 
|The Devil's Backbone
|Hellboy II: The Golden Army
|1985||Doña Lupe (short)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Executive producer|
|Doña Herlinda and Her Son||Yes||Executive producer|
|1993||Cronos||Yes||Yes||Yes||Man Walking Dog|
|1998||Under a Spell||Yes|
|2001||The Devil's Backbone||Yes||Yes||Yes||Executive producer|
|2002||I Murder Seriously||Yes||Executive producer|
|Hellboy||Yes||Yes||Yes||Guy Dressed as Dragon|
|2006||Hellboy: Sword of Storms||Yes||Creative producer|
|2007||Hellboy: Blood and Iron||Yes||Creative producer|
|The Orphanage||Yes||Executive producer|
|Hellboy: Iron Shoes (short)||Yes||Creative producer|
|Diary of the Dead||Yes||Newsreader (voice role; uncredited)|
|Hellboy II: The Golden Army||Yes||Yes||Yes||Creature Vocals (uncredited)|
|Quantum of Solace||Yes||Additional Voices|
|While She Was Out||Yes||Executive producer|
|Rudo y Cursi||Yes|
|2011||Kung Fu Panda 2||Yes||Creative consultant; also executive producer|
|Cowboys & Aliens||Yes||Creative consultant (uncredited)|
|Don't Be Afraid of the Dark||Yes||Yes||Yes||Creature Voices / Man on Plane|
|Puss in Boots||Yes||Moustache Man / Comandante; also executive producer|
|2012||The Captured Bird (short)||Yes||Executive producer|
|Rise of the Guardians||Yes||Executive producer|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Yes|
|El Santos vs. La Tetona Mendoza||Yes||Gamborimbo Punx (voice)|
|The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||Yes|
|2014||The Hobbit: There and Back Again||Yes|
Awards and nominations 
|2007||Academy Awards||Best Original Screenplay||Pan's Labyrinth||Nominated|
|2007||British Academy Film Awards||Best Film Not in the English Language||Pan's Labyrinth||Won|
|2007||British Academy Film Awards||Best Original Screenplay||Pan's Labyrinth||Nominated|
|2006||Cannes Film Festival||Golden Palm||Pan's Labyrinth||Nominated|
|2007||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Feature||Pan's Labyrinth||Nominated|
|1992||18th Moscow International Film Festival||Golden St. George||Cronos||Nominated|
|1998||Saturn Award||Best Writing||Mimic||Nominated|
|2007||Saturn Award||Best Director||Pan's Labyrinth||Nominated|
|2007||Saturn Award||Best Writing||Pan's Labyrinth||Nominated|
|2008||Saturn Award||The George Pal Memorial Award||Won|
See also 
- "Interview with Guillermo Del Toro". Esplatter.com. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- Gorber, Jason (January 15, 2013). "Gorber's Epic Guillermo del Toro Interview, Part 2: On Producing and Building a Canon of Work". twitchfilm.com. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
- "Monsters Are Living, Breathing Metaphors". bigthink.com. September 22, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2013. Text " Guillermo del Toro " ignored (help); Text " Big Think" ignored (help)
- "Dissection of Darkness". lexpiccione.com. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
- Applebaum, Stephen (2008-08-16). "Like his blue-collar demon hero Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro has a few issues with authority". Edinburgh: The Scotsman. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
- "Guillermo del Toro Biography — Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1964-10-09. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
- Wood, Jason, Talking Movies: Contemporary World Filmmakers in Interview Page 29
- "We are a family of circus performers", El Mañana, 13 July, 2008 (in Spanish)
- Cruz, Gilbert. "10 Questions: Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro on the politics of horror movies, living in self-imposed exile and owning a man cave". Time magazine. September 5, 2011. page 80
- Curran, Daniel, ed. Foreign Films, film review and analysis of The Spirit of the Beehive, page 161-2, 1989. Evanston, Illinois: Cinebooks. ISBN 0-933997-22-1.
- Guillermo del Toro. Trailers From Hell!. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
- "Guillermo del Toro departs The Hobbit". theonering.com. May 30, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
- Borys, Kit. "Guillermo del Toro, Partners Open Production Facility Doors" The Hollywood Reporter. December 9, 2010
- Barnard, Linda (January 17, 2013). "Guillermo del Toro's Toronto". thestar.com. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
- Han, Angie (January 21, 2013). "Charlie Hunnam Looking to Reunite With Guillermo Del Toro on 'Crimson Peak'". slashfilm.com. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
- "Del Toro Commits To Universal Until 2017". Empireonline.com. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
- Michael Fleming (2008-09-03). "Guillermo Del Toro booked thru 2017". Variety. Retrieved 2008-09-04.
- "Del Toro Updates Hobbit, Frankenstein". SCI FI Wire. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2007-11-13.[dead link]
- Brendon Connelly (2009-06-11). "Guillermo Del Toro Confirms Hugo Weaving For The Hobbit... And Much More". /Film. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
- "Guillermo del Toro’s Saturn and the End of Days | /Film". Slashfilm.com. 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
- Mike Sampson (2007-10-26). "Guillermo talks!". JoBlo.com. Retrieved 2007-10-27.
- Chris Hewitt (2008-02-08). "Guillermo Del Toro Talks The Hobbit". Empire. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- Max Evry (2008-10-05). "Guillermo del Toro on The Hobbit and Frankenstein". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
- Josh Horowitz (2008-10-14). "Guillermo Del Toro Talks 'Hobbit' Casting, Creatures". MTV. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- "Guillermo Del Toro Casts Doug Jones in Frankenstein". June 14, 2009. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
- Frappier, Rob (June 24, 2009). "Doug Jones Talks Frankenstein, The Hobbit, & Hellboy 3". Screen Rant. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
- "Hobbits, monsters and CSI vampires". BBC News Online. 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
- "Hero Complex". Los Angeles Times. 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2010-05-04.
- "Guillermo Del Toro Writing And Producing New Van Helsing". The Film Stage. June 10, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- "Guillermo del Toro enters Haunted Mansion", Reuters, 23 July 2010
- Cameron to Produce Del Toro's 'Madness' for Universal
- James Cameron Talks 9 Minutes of AVATAR Re-Release Footage, 3D Conversions, and AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS
- S. T. Joshi's Blog
- Fleming, Michael (May 20, 2008). "Universal, del Toro love 'Hater'". Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
- "The Hobbit Director Del Toro On Games' 'Story Engine' Future". Gamasutra.com. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
- "Volition, Del Toro Confirm Partnership On inSane For 2013". Gamasutra. December 11, 2010. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
- Goldfarb, Andrew (August 6, 2012). "THQ Drops Guillermo Del Toro’s InSane". IGN. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
- Gaudiosi, John (November 20, 2012). "Guillermo del Toro on Gaming and the Halo Movie". IGN. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
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- By (2010-09-22). "Guillermo del Toro Would Like to Adapt Stephen King's It and Pet Sematary". Horror Yearbook. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
- "Guillermo del Toro: "I hate structure."". YouTube. August 6, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
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- Edge Staff (August 26, 2008). "Hellboy Director Talks Gaming". Edge Online. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
- Mr. Beaks (August 24, 2011). "Guillermo Del Toro And Mr. Beaks Discuss DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, PACIFIC RIM And The Far-From-Used-Up Future Of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS!". aintitcool.com. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- Guillermo Del Toro Speaks On The Set Of ‘Mama’ – The State of Horror, Overextending Himself, Battling the MPAA, Frankenstein And Much More
- Ditzian, Eric (July 29, 2012). "'Cowboys & Aliens': Jon Favreau Talks Creating Creatures". Retrieved July 16, 2012.
- TheDudeFromTheGrid (May 15, 2012). "New RED BAND Trailer for El Santos vs La Tetona Mendoza". ComicBookMovie.com. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
- "18th Moscow International Film Festival (1993)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-10.
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