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Creator: Guillermo del Toro

"I happen to believe that family is the source of all the joy and all the horror in our lives both. That's my starting point in every tale."

Critically acclaimed filmmaker and author from Mexico, widely known for his work on the Speculative Fiction genre. He is perhaps best recognized by moviegoers as director of the Hellboy film series, as well as his best-received film, Pan's Labyrinth.

Del Toro is notoriously known for turning down high-budgeted Summer Blockbuster movies to work on smaller, independent projects. So far he has rejected offers to direct I Am Legend; One Missed Call; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Halo, and even Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He did, however, accept an offer to work on the The Hobbit film series, but The Lord of the Rings-helmer Peter Jackson would up taking over the director's spot, with del Toro staying on as a writer.

He is currently developing Trollhunters, which he will produce at DreamWorks Animation. He also announced that he will make Dreamworks his animation home and has already worked on a few projects, including Kung Fu Panda 2 and Megamind. The full press release can be read here.

He made his literary debut with co-author Chuck Hogan in 2009, with the release of a vampire novel, The Strain. It is the first part of a trilogy of novels. He is also hoping for a final sequel to the Hellboy movies.

His pet project is adapting H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness for the big screen. Despite backing from James Cameron and tentative agreement by Tom Cruise to star, the project was cancelled by Universal: partly because they thought it unlikely for a Cosmic Horror Story film to make money at the box office, and partly because del Toro refused to tone down some of its elements so that it would likely be rated PG-13 (his proposed script would definitely catch an R). He has also adamantly refused to include a Token Romance. He made attempts to find financing with 20th Century Fox, but more recently stated that he wished to put the project on hold due to its similarity to Ridley Scott's Prometheus. The latest news concerning the project seems to indicate that Legendary is open to funding the film and he has compromised on his desire for an R-rating, but he will likely not begin production until after Crimson Peak and the Pacific Rim sequel have been released.

Is a frequent collaborator with Ron Perlman and Mike Mignola. He is also One of Us being an avid gamer who cites games like Half-Life and BioShock as being his favorites and he is currently making a game titled Insane.

Not remotely related to actor Benicio Del Toro.

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alternative title(s): Guillermo Del Toro
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