Following the critical success of his stop-motion animated adaptation of Pinocchio, it looks like director Guillermo del Toro has officially found his next animated project with Netflix. Deadline brings word that the Oscar-winning filmmaker is currently developing the animated film adaptation of The Buried Giant, based on Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s fantasy novel of the same name.
“The Buried Giant continues my animation partnership with Netflix and our pursuit of stop-motion as a medium to tell complex stories and build limitless worlds,” del Toro said in a statement. “It is a great honor and greater responsibility for me to direct this screenplay which Dennis Kelly and I are adapting from Kazuo Ishiguro’s profound and imaginative novel.”
The Buried Giant will be directed by Guillermo del Toro from a screenplay he is co-writing with Dennis Kelly (Matilda the Musical). The story takes place in a fictional post-Arthurian England, where no one is able to retain long-term memories. It centers around an elderly Briton couple, who are trying to search for the son they vaguely remember.
The film will be produced by del Toro, with ShadowMachine serving as its stop-motion studio. This marks del Toro’s latest collaboration with Netflix after first working together on animated shows including Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia and Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans.