Guillermo Del Toro is the director behind Hellboy & The Shape of Water flicks. The director has bagged four Oscars in his career, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Production Design. While it’s obvious that he’s done so through sheer hard work and creativity, he has other stories to tell about how much of his investment goes into the unknown side of his career.
Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley is the direct next project to have released since The Shape of Water, which came out in 2017. The director also recently revealed that he has been working on a lot of projects, but many of them never pan out.
The director has a whole Wikipedia page regarding his unfinished projects, which includes a CGI The Wind in the Willows, a Van Halsing project and even Hellboy 3. Del Toro revealed on Twitter while being tagged alongside James Gunn and Edgar Wright about the projects they’ve worked on but never got made, and how much of their time has gone into it.
By my count I have written or co-written around 33 screenplay features. 2-3 made by others, 11 made by me (Pinocchio in progress) so- about 20 screenplays not filmed. Each takes 6-10 months of work, so, roughly 16 years gone. Just experience and skill improvement.
Del Toro still has many compelling things under his belt. Alongside Nightmare Alley, Hellboy part 1 and 2 stand as a landmark for comedic superhero action. Along with them, he has The Hobbit movies, Pacific Rim series as well as The Devil’s Backbone.
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