Guillermo Del Toro Set To Helm 'Nightmare Alley'

Posted 2017/12/13 0 0

Guillermo del Toro has added a remake of film noir Nightmare Alley to his directing slate.


A day after The Shape of Water led all other films with seven Golden Globe nominations, Guillermo del Toro’s relationship with Fox Searchlight has been solidified. He's now attached to write and direct a remake of 1974's Nightmare Alley, which in its original form saw Tyrone Power as an ambitious con man who starts working with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he. Their partnership is a successful one as they fleece a lot of customers with a mentalist act, but then she turns the table on him.

The other film, which del Toro will produce, is called Antlers, and it’ll be directed by Crazy Heart’s Scott Cooper. The script was written by Henry Chaisson and Channel Zero creator Nick Antosca, based on Antosca’s short story The Quiet Boy. Variety describes it as a “supernatural horror spec that follows a young teacher who discovers that her troubled student’s father and younger brother harbour a deadly supernatural secret. Taking the boy into her care, the teacher must fight for their survival against horrors beyond imagination.”

“I am delighted to continue the producing partnership that has been forged with Fox Searchlight during the making of The Shape of Water,” del Toro said in a statement. “Nancy, Steve, David and Matthew and the entire team are great champions of true cinema. With both Nightmare Alley and Antlers I know we will create entertaining, elevated films.”

Guillermo del Toro is notorious for setting multiple projects and then dropping out of almost all of them, so whenever we report on a potentially new GDT jam, there's a 50/50 shot we acutally see the finished product (just look to his departure from Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark for the most recent example of this trend). However, stay tuned and we will keep you updated as more information arrives!