In the wake of signing an exclusive deal to produce more adult-oriented films for Fox Searchlight, Guillermo del Toro has signed a multiyear exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation to write, produce and direct animated family films for the studio.
As part of the arrangement, del Toro has taken up offices at the Glendale campus. In an official statement, del Toro spoke about his passion for animation:
“Animation is an art form that has influenced my work greatly since childhoodTo me, it’s the perfect medium to bring to life any and all ideas, no matter how outlandish or wild. I am eager to work with (DWA film group president Chris deFaria) and the talented artists at DreamWorks — some of the most talented people in the business — to make these images a reality. I have worked with DreamWorks for about a decade, and the horizon just keeps getting wider.”
Del Toro already has a strong relationship with Dreamworks Animation on both the feature and television sides. The filmmaker acted as a creative consultant for Kung Fu Panda 2 and Megamind and his creative input earned him executive producer credits on Rise of the Guardians, Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda 3. With DreamWorks Animation Television, he is the creator and executive producer of Trollhunters, which streams on Netflix, and has two other series in the works.
According to the studio, which announced the deal Thursday, del Toro’s involvement with the film division will extend beyond movie projects to also include working with Christopher DeFaria and the studio’s many artists and technologists “on some of the company’s innovative pilot programs that are developing groundbreaking techniques for advancing storytelling on multiple content platforms.”
DeFaria said he hopes this is the first of many deals, as he wants DreamWorks Animation “to be a home for artists who have terrific voices.”