The movie itself, backed by Fox Animation, is still shrouded in some secrecy, though when it was first talked up back in February, there was mention of a musical, Romeo and Juliet-style romance set against the famous Mexican celebration.
Del Toro is still simply producing the film, leaving the actual filmmaking to handpicked director Jorge Gutierrez. Gutierrez will bring his experience on shorts and TV ‘toons to play making the new movie, and has written the script with Doug Langdale.
The October release date seems fitting given the subject matter, but we do wonder whether it’ll end up competing with Lee Unkrich’s still untitled Dia de los Muertos project bubbling away over at Pixar. That said, the Pixar film doesn’t have a confirmed release date yet, and the company already has The Good Dinosaur set for 2014.