Del Toro Producing Day Of The Dead

Guillermo's shepherding another 'toon

Because he’s clearly decided that things like sleeping are for the weak, Guillermo del Toro has added yet another project to his sprawling workload. This one, however, he won’t directly write or direct, but merely produce, as he sets up to oversee Day Of The Dead.

No, it’s not a Romero remake: it’s being co-written and directed by Jorge R Gutierrez, who has cooked up a Romeo And Juliet-style story that will take place against the backdrop of the Mexican holiday known as Dia de los Muertos.

Celebrated between the first and second of November, the holiday honours the deceased, with festivals, parades, prayers and offerings of food.

Gutierrez, who has penned the script with Doug Langdale, will conjure the film up in CG via Mexican company Reel FX. It’ll be a heavily musical film and the del Toro and co are looking to get international artists to contribute.

All being well, Day Of The Dead should be ready for release in late 2014. Del Toro, meanwhile, is already busy making massive monster adventure film Pacific Rim, which will hit our shores in 2013.