here is little doubt that Guillermo Del Toro is one of the most talented and prolific writer/director/producers working today. His work has spawned nearly every form of media, from film to television, print and nearly into video games. He probably has more amazing ideas wrapped up in that little notebook he carries around than most of us come up with in our entire lives. Yet his projects are often hit and miss with critics and audiences, and a lot never even come to fruition. Just ask Ron Perlman about HELLBOY 3 or Del Toro himself about AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS.

So it’s always a bright day for fans when they hear that a project Guillermo Del Toro has been working on not only sees reality but finishes shooting. According to his Twitter account, Del Toro announced wrapping up filming on his film THE SHAPE OF WATER.


Not a lot of is know of the film, except that it takes place in 1963 during the Cold War in America. It will star Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, and frequent collaborator Doug Jones. reports earlier this year that Hawkins will star as a janitor in a laboratory where she falls for an amphibious man who is being studied, and their planned escape. The creature is said to be played by fan-favorite and creature actor Jones.

Doug Jones – (via Google Images)

THE SHAPE OF WATER is being produced by Fox Searchlight, which means we should have a smaller, more intimate and independent story in which Del Toro has consistently shined. While a budget hasn’t been mentioned, a smaller film would mean there should be less pressure due to budget expectations like CRIMSON PEAK which had a cost of about $55 million.

There is no release date information for THE SHAPE OF WATER, but it is expected to come out in 2017. Are you excited for another original tale coming from Guillermo Del Toro?

Jason Stollery has horror films encoded into his DNA, going so far as to name his sons Michael and Fred. He can be found on Twitter @smegghed, and on his genre film blog and podcast at



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