Guillermo del Toro, Reel FX Bring Animated <i>Day of the Dead</i> to Life

The increasingly busy Guillermo del Toro is teaming with animation studio Reel FX to produce Day of the Dead, a CG-animated film directed by Emmy winner Jorge R. Gutierrez.

Written by Gutierrez (El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera) and Doug Langdale (El Tigre, Earthworm Jim), the film is described as an action-packed Romeo and Juliet-style love story set against the backdrop of the Mexican Day of the Dead. It's set for release in fall 2014.

"I have admired Jorge’s work for a long time. He has a unique aesthetic and sense of humor," del Toro said in a statement. Day of the Dead offers a perfect opportunity for his sensibilities to shine. This is a colorful, vibrant, vital fable that utilizes the animation medium in an incredible way. The object of the tale is not only to talk about life but to dazzle us – jolt us- into living to the fullest.”

Reel FX is working on Beasts of Burden, a CG-animated adaptation of the award-winning Dark Horse comic series by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson.

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