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Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Gets A Release Date

One of my favorite filmmakers and biggest inspirations is Guillermo Del Toro. I’m a huge fan of all of his films (the only exception being The Devils Backbone, as I somehow have yet to see it) with the underrated Crimson Peak being my personal favorite. I’m ecstatic to report that Del Toro has finished his latest film The Shape of Water and it has found a release date. Check out the details on the project below.

As previously mentioned, The Shape of Water is the latest film from Guillermo Del Toro, as well as co-written by Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor (Divergent 2014) from a story by Daniel Kraus (Ball of Wax 2003). The film stars Sally Hawkins (Godzilla 2014), Doug Jones (Hellboy 2004), Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer 2013), Michael Shannon (Bug 2006), Richard Jenkins (Cabin in the Woods 2012), Lauren Lee Smith (Pathology 2008), Michael Stuhlbarg (Men in Black 3 2012), Nick Searcy (American Gothic TV Series 1995-1996), and David Hewlett (Cube 1997).

The Official Synopsis:

An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Doug Jones talked to Collider earlier this year and had this to say about the project:

It’s a 1963 drama—it’s not a sci-fi [film], it’s not a genre film, but I am a creature in it. I’m a fish man that’s kind of a one-off. I’m an enigma, nobody knows where I came from; I’m the last of my species so I’m like a natural anomaly. And I’m being studied and tested in a U.S. government facility in 1963, so the Russian Cold War is on, the race for space is on, so there’s all that backdrop and that undercurrent. I’m being tested for how can they use me for advantages in military or space travel or my technology—can we make this usable for humans? So they’re trying to keep me a secret from the Russians. Meanwhile, there’s a love story that brews out of it, and that would be the cleaning lady played by Sally Hawkins. She comes and finds me, has sympathy on me, and then that’s the story that you’re really gonna follow with this whole backdrop. It is artfully and beautifully [made]—if this doesn’t end up with Guillermo back at the Oscars, I will be surprised. I will be very surprised.”

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Personally, I’m super excited about this project, as it sounds like a mix between Del Toro’s take on Beauty and the Beast crossed with Pan’s Labyrinth. It is set to release theatrically on December 8th! Are you looking forward to Del Toro’s latest film? Let us know in the comments.

About Charlie Cargile

I've been obsessed with all things horror since watching Night of the Creeps through my fingers as a young child. I'm a soon to be published author and aspiring screenwriter from middle of nowhere Illinois. Some of my favorite films are Return of the Living Dead, Gravy, Evil Dead, May, and Cemetery Man. I have a deep love for indie horror.

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