Guillermo del Toro has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with DreamWorks Animation to write, direct, and produce animated family films for the studios.
The first project under this new deal will be announced in the upcoming months. This deal is a result of years of collaboration between del Toro and DreamWorks Animation. del Toro created and executive produced Trollhunters, which airs on Netflix. The series is part one of del Toro’s larger Tales of Arcadia trilogy. He and DreamWorks plan on having the other two instalments, 3 Below and Wizards, premier on Netflix in 2018 and 2019.
del Toro also dabbled in the animated features with the studio. He was an executive producer for Rise of the Guardians, Puss in Boots, and Kung Fu Panda 3. He also served as a creative consultant on Kung Fu Panda 2 and Megamind.
““Animation is an art form that has influenced my work greatly since childhood. To me, it’s the perfect medium to bring to life any and all ideas, no matter how outlandish or wild. I am eager to work with Chris and the talented artists at DreamWorks – some of the most talented people in the business – to make these images a reality. I have worked with DreamWorks for about a decade and the horizon just keeps getting wider.”” – del Toro
Chris deFaria, President of DreamWorks Animation Film Group, announced the deal and discussed that the collaboration will go beyond the animated films. del Toro and deFaria will be working with the studio’s artists and technologists to innovate and develop new groundbreaking techniques for advancing storytelling in this medium and others. del Toro is a creator that is keen on telling riveting stories not only through the characters, themes, and stories, but also through the technology.