After the disappointing returns on Guillermo Del Toro’s last film, ‘Crimson Peak’, he’s been a bit quiet focusing on producing although fans will be pleased to hear that a Pacific Rim 2 sequel is now likely having been in doubt for some while.
Now though principal photography on his latest film,’THE SHAPE OF WATER’ began yesterday in Toronto, Canada. The film stars Academy Award nominee Sally Hawkins (BLUE JASMINE, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY), Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, 99 HOMES), Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR, “Olive Kitteridge”), Doug Jones (CRIMSON PEAK, HELLBOY), Golden Globe nominee Michael Stuhlbarg (A SERIOUS MAN, STEVE JOBS) and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (THE HELP, GIFTED).
Academy Award nominated Guillermo del Toro (PAN’S LABYRINTH, CRIMSON PEAK) is back directing and has co-written thee film with Vanessa Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” DIVERGENT). “I started working on THE SHAPE OF WATER right around the time we moved to Toronto for PACIFIC RIM. Working with Fox Searchlight and being supported by this beautiful group of actors and artists, I feel extremely blessed and brave,” says writer/director del Toro.
Little is known at present about THE SHAPE OF WATER apart that it is an other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.
There’ll be much riding on this as Crimson Peak fared badly at the box office and on a modest budget of $55m it only grossed $74,679,822.