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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Guillermo del Toro may have been a fan favorite director to many for the past couple decades, but with his latest film, The Shape of Water taking home a couple Oscar trophies a few weeks back, it seems that the filmmaker is just hitting his stride. Now, it sounds like he’s just signed a new deal with a studio.

According to Variety, del Toro has just closed an overall deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures. This new contract covers live-action films to be written, produced, and/or directed by him. But that’s not the most exciting part just yet. The studio is also creating a new label, which will be home to horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres, and given del Toro’s filmography, there’s a good chance it will also be a home to his upcoming films as well.

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“For the longest time, I’ve hoped to find an environment in which I can distribute, nurture, and produce new voices in smart, inventive genre films and channel my own,” del Toro said in a statement. “In Fox Searchlight, I’ve found a real home for live-action production — a partnership based on hard work, understanding of each other and, above all, faith. After the wonderful experience I had with Fox Searchlight on The Shape of Water, I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the relationship.”

Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley stated:

“Throughout the process of The Shape of Water coming to life, we have observed first-hand Guillermo at work as a director, a writer, a producer — a creator. We believe in him and the vision for a new Searchlight label and we are eager to embark on this journey with him.”

While nothing is a sure thing, I’d like to think this is an indication that del Toro will continue to play in a smaller, more creative sandbox, with films like The Shape of Water becoming more the norm for him than, say, Pacific Rim.

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.