New Line Cinema
Solvej Schou
December 06, 2012 AT 12:00 PM EST

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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