Fox Animation Picks Up del Toro’s ‘Book of Life’


Fox Animation Studios will distribute Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming animated feature Book of Life, which was formerly titled Day of the Dead, says The Hollywood Reporter. The much-anticipated pic will be directed by the very talented, Emmy-winning animation veteran Jorge R. Gutierrez, who created Nickelodeon’s El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, along with his wife Sandra Equihua. The animation will be produced by Texas-based studio Reel FX (Turkeys).

Written by Gutierrez and Emmy Award nominee Doug Langdale (The Looney Tunes Show, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), the pic will be produced by Aaron Berger and Carina Schulze of Chatrone. The film is described as an action-packed, fully CG-animated picture, with a Romeo and Juliet style love story set against a Mexican Day of the Dead backdrop.

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

(from left) Guillermo del Toro and Jorge R. Gutierrez

(from left) Guillermo del Toro and Jorge R. Gutierrez