Guillermo del Toro is about to achieve what he tried to do for years: a series in which he could turn all his obsessions. Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities is perhaps the most ambitious project of the Mexican filmmaker and also the most curious. He will carry it out on Netflix, ensuring that the future series can become a long-term project.
The production of the series has been a long journey that began in 2018 with the tentative name of 10 After Midnight. Also of an anthological and self-conclusive nature, the project included horror stories or fantasy genre under the prism of various directors.
But there were several delays to production, notably due to the fact that it was a proposal that covered multiple points at once. Del Toro’s intention was to gather a select group of talent for production. From a dream team of scriptwriters to major directors. Del Toro’s ambitious proposal for some years seemed unrealizable.
But finally, and with a name change in tow, Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities seems to have reached a specific production point. Still without a release date, the series can boast of a behind-the-scenes team of considerable importance and interest. We tell you everything we know has even transcended production.
What exactly is ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities’?
The Netflix series will focus your attention on individual stories from the fantasy and horror genre. The name of the series refers to Del Toro’s book in which his laborious work process is shown.
The issue, published in 2013 and co-authored by Marc Scott Zicree, is a curious book object of film production. It includes the way in which Guillermo del Toro collects references and his long research process for his best known films.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities intends to emulate the modular and fragmented sense of the book. It has been commented that this is a series that will try to create various points of view on horror and fantasy, based on the peculiar point of view of the director. The so-called “monster maker” He is known for his penchant for creating fantastic creatures of considerable beauty and sensitivity. In addition to stories in which he mixes a rare sensitivity and horror.
Who will be behind the cameras of the project?
Netflix recently confirmed that Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities already has a prominent group of directors. Most are related to the field of terror and with some recognized titles in tow.
One of the first names to be confirmed was Jennifer Kent, director of the remembered The Babadook and the tough The Nightingale. The squad also includes Panos Cosmatos (Mandy), Vincenzo Natali (The Cube) and Ana Lily Amirpour (A girl comes home alone at night).
What can we see in ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities’?
According to the official statement, the Netflix series will have a definite accent on terror. “At Cabinet of Curiosities, acclaimed Oscar-winning filmmaker and creator and producer of the series, Guillermo del Toro, has assembled an unprecedented collection of stories that define the genre and seek to challenge our notions of horror.”
For Netflix, which released RL Stine’s Fear Street trilogy this year, the series could be a chance for a new genre hit. And so he makes it clear in his statement. From the macabre to the magical, from the gothic to the grotesque, or from the classic to the creepy, these eight sophisticated and sinister tales (including two original works by Del Toro) will be brought to life by a team of creators personally chosen by Del Toro ”.
For now it has been revealed that there will be an episode of Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities directed by Jennifer Kent. based on an original work by Del Toro. The episode will star Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead and actress Essie Davis.
For his part, actor F. Murray Abraham will headline an episode written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) and directed by David Prior. Actor Tim Blake Nelson will headline a story written by Regina Corrado, under the direction of Guillermo Navarro. Crispin Glover and Ben Barnes will enter the world of HP Lovecraft under the direction of Keith Thomas. A high point of the series, is the return of Peter Weller (Robocop) directed by Panos Cosmatos.
How many chapters will it have?
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities will have eight episodes with a duration of close to 90 minutes.
When it premieres?
There is still no release date for the Netflix series, but it is rumored that it could be the highlight of Halloween in 2022 for the platform.