Aside from his passion for monsters and dark stories, Guillermo del Toro is known for working on a lot of projects at once, so it’s easy to get lost on what his next movie will be. Del Toro made his directorial debut in 1993 with Cronos, a horror drama set in México, and since then he hasn’t stopped bringing some memorable creatures to the big screen, whether they come from his imagination (Pan’s Labyrinth) or other sources (Hellboy).
Del Toro won his first Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture in 2017 thanks to The Shape of Water, a romantic dark fantasy that followed a mute woman who falls in love with a humanoid amphibian creature. Although del Toro has had a solid fanbase for years, The Shape of Water drew more attention to his work, with fans all over the world now wondering what his next movie will be.
Guillermo del Toro is a busy man, always working on something either as director, writer, producer, or designer of nightmarish creatures. Among his upcoming projects as producer are the supernatural horror film Antlers and Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches, as well as Wizards, the third part of the Tales of Arcadia series, but when it comes to films directed by him, that’s where things can get a bit confusing. His dark stop-motion version of Pinocchio is finally in pre-production after being in development for a decade and not finding a studio willing to finance it. Luckily, Netflix rescued Pinocchio, and it’s now scheduled for a 2021 release.
However, del Toro is also working on Nightmare Alley, a remake of the 1947 noir film based on William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name, which follows a con artist who teams up with a deceitful mentalist at a carnival. Nightmare Alley has already found its male lead in Bradley Cooper and looks like it will have a big-name cast, but it has no projected release date yet, although production is expected to begin on late 2019 or early 2020.
If that’s the case, Nightmare Alley could see the light of day in late 2021, if lucky. Supposing Pinocchio continues its course without any more obstacles, then this long-awaited stop-motion project will be the next Guillermo del Toro movie to be released. Being the busy (and creative) man he is, it wouldn’t be surprising if he added another movie or TV series to his already busy agenda for the next two years.