Reel FX Teams with del Toro on Day of the Dead

Reel FX has teamed Guillermo del Toro to produce the CG-animated Romeo and Juliet riff, Day of the Dead, bringing him back to his Mexican roots. Day of the Dead, scheduled for release in the fall of 2014, is 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.

The action-packed love story, which takes place during the famed “Day of the Dead” celebration, 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 re-imagined 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 the 3-D film Cirque du Soleil’s Worlds Away, written and directed by Adamson, and exec produced by James Cameron. Granat and Ed Jones served as producers on the project for Reel FX. Worlds Away is currently in post-production and set to debut in late 2012 from Paramount Pictures.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Movies, Music, Tech, VFX

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