Guillermo Del Toro Doesn't Have Time For You

By Katey Rich 2008-09-04 12:08:01discussion comments
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I have no idea where I will live in five years, or even what I'm eating for dinner tonight, but Guillermo del Toro is booked solid through 2017. Variety has a piece today summing up the huge amount of projects del Toro has committed himself to do over the last few months, despite the fact that The Hobbit alone will probably take up the next five years.

The latest to be officially added to the pile is actually tree movies at Universal-- del Toro is planning to direct remakes of Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and, to throw a curveball, Slaughterhouse Five. Del Toro also talked about his commitment to each of these movies, saying that Frankenstein would have to be pulled from his cold, dead hands before he would slouch on directing it: ""To me, Frankenstein represents the essential human question: Why did my creator throw me here, unprotected, unguided, unaided and lost? "

And for Slaughterhouse Five, which was adapted for the screen in 1972, del Toro said, "There are ways that Vonnegut plays with and juxtaposes time that was perhaps too edgy to be tackled on film at that time."

While I remain skeptical that del Toro will eventually direct everything he's picking up at the moment, it is exciting to think that, nearing the end of the next decade, we'll have witnessed so many potential masterpieces (or, let's be realistic, flops) from such a creative and energetic director. It's strangely rare for a director to forge ahead with newfound career success at such a breakneck pace, but if del Toro can keep the energy up, what he creates is bound to be worth watching.
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