The dark storyteller shares new stop-motion project; will co-write and direct new film based on Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro's novel about a memory challenged elderly British couple on a quest to find their long-lost son.
Fresh off Oscar and Annie Award nominations for his critically acclaimed stop-motion feature Pinocchio, illustrious dark storyteller Guillermo del Toro has just announced his next film. The Oscar-winning filmmaker is set to adapt Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro's novel The Buried Giant into another stop-motion animated feature.
Speaking with The Telegraph, del Toro revealed, “The next stop-motion film I’m making is an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant, which I’m currently co-writing with Dennis Kelly, and we start the design process in two months.” Kelly recently received a 2023 BAFTA nomination for the stage play Matilda the Musical, his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel Matilda.
“The Buried Giant” novel follows elderly British couple Axl and Beatrice in a fictional post-Arthurian England, where people can only maintain short term memories. The couple are one day able to vaguely remember having a son and embark on a journey to a nearby village to find him. “With the help of a brash yet determined knight and a mysterious young boy, [Beatrice and Axl] travel across lands familiar and strange, ever closer to learning their son’s fate,” a description from the publisher reads.
While we’re excited by the new project news, Pinocchio took nearly two-and-a-half years just to shoot, so we don’t expect to watch The Buried Giant any time soon. In the meantime, del Toro reassures fans that “we’re developing a look-book, and in about two years if everything goes well, we’ll start production.” No word yet whom del Toro will partner with to produce the animation.