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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.


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