Guillermo del Toro’s next stop-motion project will be adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant

He is co-writing the screenplay with Dennis Kelly, the screenwriter of Matilda the Musical.

He wowed critics and audiences alike with his rousing and lovingly crafted stop-motion adaptation of Pinocchio, Guillermo del Toro already has a new stop-motion project up its sleeve. The director recently sat down for an interview with The Telegraph, in which he revealed his next move is to change the world of Kazuo Ishiguro‘s Nobel Prize-winning novel The Buried Giant through handcrafted animations.

“The next stop motion film I make is an adaptation by Kazuo Ishiguro The Buried Giantwho I am currently writing with Dennis Kelly, and we’re starting the design process in two months,” del Toro told the publication. “I’m shooting a live-action film first. But in the meantime we are developing a lookbook and in about two years if everything goes well we will start production Pinocchio suggests the film will be another massive undertaking for the filmmaker and is still years away from seeing the light of day.


The Buried Giant became an instant classic upon its release in 2015. In it, Ishiguro follows elderly British couple Axl and Beatrice as they search for their lost son in a post-Arthurian England where no one can access their long-term memories thanks to a fog that hangs over the country. They barely remember him, but when they are joined by others in search of answers, namely a Saxon warrior, his orphaned protégé and a famous knight, they begin to unravel the dark, disturbing story they share. It is touted as an intense and suspenseful rumination on the power of memory and collective memory of traumatic events.

Pinocchio (Gregory Mann) in Guillermo del Toro's film surrounded by other puppets
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del toros The Buried Giant The customization is already showing promise

The premise sounds right up del Toro’s alley, although he’s also found a strong writing partner in Kelly to ensure that The Buried Giant displayed correctly on the screen. Kelly is best known for adapting Roald Dahl‘s 1988 classic children’s novel Mathilde in the popular stage play Matilda the musical. He received a BAFTA nomination for the most recent film adaptation of the musical Alisha Weir and Emma Thompson. He has also proven himself to be a capable television writer, earning another BAFTA nomination for the sitcom Draw Win one in 2007 and finally in 2021 with the TV movie Together.

Although it will certainly be a while before del Toro The Buried Giant Reached screens, the director has much to look forward to at the upcoming Academy Awards. Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro has won awards so far, but next he’ll go for best animated feature and face the A24 Marcel wears the shell with shoes onPixar To reddendreamwork’ Puss in Boots: The Last Wishand Netflix The Sea Creature included. It’s the culmination of an amazing 2022 for the director, which also included the release of his acclaimed Netflix horror anthology Guillermo del Toro’s cabinet of curiosities

Check out the trailer Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro below and stay tuned to Collider here for more on the acclaimed director’s adaptation of The Buried Giant.

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