Guillermo del Toro
Danielle Levitt
United States Mexico
2021

Del Toro Productions, Double Dare You

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Del Toro cemented his reputation as one of the most singular cinematic visionaries making big studio films with “The Shape of Water,” his 2017 film about a mute woman who falls in love with a humanoid amphibian, which nabbed Oscars for best picture and best director. The Mexican native left behind the supernatural, but not the weirdness, for his directorial follow-up in December 2021’s “Nightmare Alley,” a carnival-set period piece adapted from William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name, released by Searchlight Pictures. He also produced 2021 horror Searchlight feature “Antlers” and animated “Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans” for Netflix, while his and the streamer’s stop-motion animated musical adaptation of “Pinocchio” is set for 2022.

Career

  • PACIFIC RIM
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER
  • NIGHTMARE ALLEY

Education

  • Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográficos (Mexico)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Guillermo del Toro Films Ranked — From Worst to Best

Guillermo del Toro Films Ranked — From Worst to Best

Rare is the filmmaker with so many unrealized projects that there’s an entire Wikipedia page devoted to them, but “rare” has always been an apt descriptor for Guillermo del Toro. You can probably count on one hand the number of foreign-born filmmakers who began their career making independent horror films in their native country ("Cronos," "The Devil's Backbone") before bringing their talents to Hollywood blockbusters ("Hellboy," "Pacific Rim") and deserved Oscar winners ("Pan’s Labyrinth," "The Shape of Water"), all without...

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