Del Toro’s “Day of the Dead” comes to life in 2014

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Reel FX has teamed with Acad­emy Award-nominated film­maker Guillermo del Toro (Puss in Boots, Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth) to pro­duce a ground­break­ing CG-animated film with Day of the Dead as its work­ing title, the com­pany announced Tuesday.

Del Toro will also present the film, directed by Emmy Award win­ner Jorge R. Gutier­rez (El Tigre, The Adven­tures of Manny Rivera). The film is being penned by Gutier­rez and Emmy Award nom­i­nee Doug Lang­dale. Reel FX will pro­duce along­side Aaron Berger and Carina Schulze of Cha­trone, Inc.

Day of the Dead is sched­uled to be released in fall 2014.

The film is an action-packed, fully CG-animated pic­ture, with a Romeo and Juliet-style love story set against a Mex­i­can “Day of the Dead” back­drop. It rep­re­sents the first time in almost 20 years — since 1993’s Cronos — that del Toro has col­lab­o­rated on a fea­ture project set in Mexico.

Music is also inte­gral to the story; the film will fea­ture an inter­na­tional ros­ter of A-list record­ing artists per­form­ing new songs, as well as reimag­ined iconic songs. Reel FX’s Brad Booker brought Day of the Dead to the stu­dio, and is the devel­op­ment exec­u­tive on the project.

We’re thrilled to have Guillermo on board for Day of the Dead,” said Booker. “As indi­vid­u­als, Guillermo and Jorge share a cul­tural back­ground and love for Mex­i­can folk­lore, which brings a pal­pa­ble authen­tic­ity to our project; how­ever, as artists, each brings to the pic­ture a vastly dif­fer­ent aes­thetic sen­si­bil­ity. Work­ing together for the first time, we feel that they bring a truly unique bal­ance to the style and story of the film.”

Notes del Toro: “I have admired Jorge’s work for a long time. He has a unique aes­thetic and sense of humor.

Day of the Dead offers a per­fect oppor­tu­nity for his sen­si­bil­i­ties to shine. This is a col­or­ful, vibrant, vital fable that uti­lizes the ani­ma­tion medium in an incred­i­ble way. The object of the tale is not only to talk about life, but to daz­zle us — jolt us — into liv­ing to the fullest. To join Reel FX, Cary Granat and Jorge in this adven­ture is a priv­i­lege and a joy.”

In addi­tion to Day of the Dead, Reel FX has secured and is actively devel­op­ing mul­ti­ple CG-animated and effects-driven, live-action projects. Projects under­way include an ani­mated fea­ture adap­ta­tion of the Dark Horse graphic novel Beasts of Bur­den, pro­duced by Andrew Adam­son (Shrek) and Aron Warner; and Turkeys, the studio’s CG-animated com­edy directed by Jimmy Hay­ward (Hor­ton Hears a Who!).

The stu­dio also recently col­lab­o­rated on the pro­duc­tion of Cirque du Soleil’s 3D film Worlds Away, writ­ten and directed by Andrew Adam­son, and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Acad­emy Award-winning film­maker James Cameron (Avatar). Cary Granat and Ed Jones served as pro­duc­ers on the project for Reel FX. Worlds Away is cur­rently in post-production and set to debut late this year from Para­mount Pictures.

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