Critically acclaimed filmmaker and author from Mexico, widely known for his work on the Speculative Fiction genre. He is perhaps best recognized by moviegoers as director of the Hellboy film series, as well as his best-received film, Pan's Labyrinth.
Del Toro is notoriously known for turning down high-budgeted Summer Blockbuster movies to work on smaller, independent projects. So far he has rejected offers to direct I Am Legend, One Missed Call; The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe; Halo, and even Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. He did, however, accept an offer to work on the upcoming The Hobbit film series, but The Lord of the Rings-helmer Peter Jackson would up taking over the director's spot, with del Toro staying on as a writer.
He is currently developing Trollhunters, which he will produce at Dreamworks Animation. He also announced that he will make Dreamworks his animation home and has already worked on a few projects, including Kung Fu Panda 2 and Megamind. The full press release can be read here.
He made his literary debut with co-author Chuck Hogan in 2009, with the release of a vampire novel, The Strain. It is the first part of a trilogy of novels. He is also hoping for a final sequel to the Hellboy movies.
His pet project is adapting H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness for the big screen. Despite backing from James Cameron and tentative agreement by Tom Cruise to star, the project was cancelled by Universal: partly because they thought it unlikely for a Cosmic Horror film to make money at the box office, and partly because del Toro refused to tone down some of its elements so that it would likely be rated PG-13 (his proposed script would definitely catch an R). He has made attempts to find financing with 20th Century Fox, but has more recently stated that he wishes to put the project on hold due to its similarity to Scott's Prometheus.
Is a frequent collaborator with Ron Perlman. He is also One of Us being an avid gamer who cites games like Half-Life and Bioshock as being his favorites and he is currently making a game titled Insane.
His latest film will be the giant monster film Pacific Rim, due in theaters in 2013.
Not remotely related to actor Benicio Del Toro.
- As both Writer and Director
- As Director only:
- As Writer only:
- The Strain (Novel, 2009)
- The Haunted Mansion (Upcoming film, with a screenplay by Del Toro, based on the ride at Disneyland.)
- Trollhunters (Upcoming youth novel, also to be developed into an animated feature)
- Hellboy Animated (Producer)
- The Hobbit Formerly directing and co-writing, but after several years in Development Hell he stepped down as director, and remains as a co-writer with Peter Jackson (and his usual writing team).
- Insane (horror video game to be released in 2013).
- Julias Eyes (producer)
- Puss in Boots (executive producer)
Tropes common to his works include:
- Bittersweet Ending
- Break the Cutie - Many of his films feature children in extreme peril.
- Clockwork Creature - Cronos and the Hellboy movies have both featured creatures powered by clockwork. A clock also features prominently in Pans Labyrinth.
- Creator Thumbprint - Slime, aspects of Clock Punk (or at least, clocks), things in jars (often People Jars), and references to Roman Catholicism. The supernatural is extremely common, and he's also greatly interested in the Spanish Civil War.
- Dark Is Not Evil - Most of his films feature sympathetic monsters and evil humans.
- Doing It for the Art - Many of his films are passion projects. He's turned down or postponed high-profile films to work on smaller ones that he has a personal connection to.
- Executive Meddling - Guillermo often wrestles with this; his first film Mimic was equated to "having a beautiful daughter and watching her arms get cut off". The studios have fought with him at other points (for example, they wanted Pans Labyrinth to take place in Nazi Germany instead of Franco's Spain) but his additional clout has allowed him to be more successful in staying true to his vision nowadays.
- The Fair Folk - Seen in Pans Labyrinth, the Hellboy movies and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.
- Fractured Fairy Tale
- Humans Are Bastards - See Dark Is Not Evil; often, it's the humans who are far worse than any monster.
- Kids Are Cruel - A recurring theme in his work. Partially a deliberate subversion of the Children Are Innocent movie cliche, and partially allegedly drawn from his own childhood experiences.
- Magic Realism
- Our Monsters Are Different - His depictions of supernatural creatures often deviate from the norm.
- Production Posse - His movies tend to have Ron Perlman, Luke Goss, and/or Doug Jones; Hellboy II featured all three of them in notable roles. The cinematography is usually done by Guillermo Navarro and Marco Beltrami scores most of his films.
- Scenery Porn - Most of his films include this in some capacity.
- Signature Style - In addition to his Creator Thumbprint, his films often favor a specific and small palette (amber for Hellboy, blue-green for Pan's Labyrinth and yellow/blue for night/day in Blade 2).