Imagine the beautifully creepy horned and eyeless creatures of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth gracing a stage.
The dream is real.
Del Toro’s agent confirms to EW that the director’s 2006 Spanish-language film about a young girl who delves into her own fantasy world to escape an abusive stepfather in 1944 fascist Spain is heading to the stage as a musical. Deadline first reported the story.
The project has been in the works for four years, with a book written by del Toro and Jeremy Ungar. Oscar winner Paul Williams will pen the lyrics, and fellow Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla, who snagged a trophy for scores for 2005’s Brokeback Mountain and 2006’s Babel, is set to write the music. Del Toro, Gary Ungar, and London-based Robert Fox are producing.
Post-Labyrinth, Del Toro has been on a rocket-fast trajectory in Hollywood, so it’s no surprise he’s jumping into theater as well. His monster vs. robot big budget sci-fi Pacific Rim, starring everyone’s favorite Hellboy Ron Perlman, sparked fanboy/fangirl fervor at this year’s Comic-Con and is set for release next year.
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