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Guillermo Del Toro Is Working On Another Stop-Motion Film

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
was a long time coming. The film was a real passion project for the Mexican maestro that took some 15 years to reach the screen. Del Toro has long been a lover of animation so it's no surprise that he is already working on another stop-motion film.

For his next project, Del Toro will adapt the novel The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. It's actually a film that has been gestating for a while, originally envisioned as live-action. It's been on the director's long list of unmade projects ever since, but now he has dusted it off and decided it's going to be his next animated film.

The book takes place in post-Arthurian Britain and follows an elderly couple searching for their son, against a background of a land struck by mass amnesia. They team up with a Saxon warrior, an orphan and a knight to try and find the couple's son and uncover their dark and troubled shared past.

Del Toro says he chose this project to help push the medium of animation. "We start the design process in two months," he told the Telegraph. "Animation has given us so many indelible images over the years, but in many ways the industry wants to keep it at the children's table. So I want to keep pushing the medium into areas that demonstrate its capacity"

Can we assume from this that the film is not going to be aimed at children? Pinocchio is pretty dark but still kid-friendly, so del Toro tackling adult animation is pretty exciting new territory. Not that it necessarily has to be 'adults only', but this seems like it will be taking more of a mature approach.

Del Toro is teaming up with Mathilda The Musical's Dennis Kelly to co-write the script. We don't have any other details just yet, but you can be sure we'll be keeping a close eye on this one.