Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) is turning to Netflix to house the horrors of his new anthology series Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight. Del Toro created the series, described as a collection of personally curated stories, equally sophisticated and horrific. The filmmaker will write and direct certain episodes; and will pick a team of top horror writers and new filmmakers to bring his selection of stories to life. Del Toro, J. Miles Dale and Exile Entertainment’s Gary Ungar will serve as executive producers, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight continues the filmmaker’s collaboration with the streaming service, with the third (and final) season of his animated series DreamWorks Trollhunters set to premiere May 25th. Serving as the first installment of the DreamWorks’ “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy, the next chapter (3 Below) is set to debut in late 2018; followed by Wizards in 2019.
In an interview in October 2017 with the Los Angeles Times, del Toro explained how different methods of storytelling (movies, television, books, or graphic novels) can all interrelate:
“TV now you have to plan it, you structure it for binge watching. Meaning, you structure the whole season like a three-act play. You have a first act, the first third of the season, second act is the middle third and you structure it like that. Whereas a movie you’re dealing with a continuous experience that’s going to last around two hours, so it’s more traditional.
The other mediums, like video games or books, may follow different sets of rules. But what I find really interesting as a storyteller is that each of those mediums informs the other. You find yourself applying tricks that you learned developing a video game in telling a movie. Little tricks that you learn structurally working in TV, you apply them to a movie and so forth.”
Del Toro’s The Shape of Water earned four Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Production Design. The filmmaker’s previous credits include The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and Pacific Rim (2013).