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From THR:

Guillermo del Toro has fallen under the spell of animation and is setting up "Trollhunters," a feature project he will write and direct at DreamWorks Animation.

After visiting DWA's campus in Glendale, Calif., on a weekly basis for most of the summer, del Toro also has decided to make DWA his animation home: He will serve as a consultant and exec producer on several projects already in development, including "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss in Boots" and one yet-to-be-revealed project. His fingerprints will even be on DWA's next feature, "Megamind," which hits theaters Nov. 5.


"Trollhunters," a working title, is based on a young-adult book del Toro submitted to publisher Hyperion about two weeks ago. He originally came up with the idea around the time he sold "The Strain," the vampire book trilogy he is writing with Chuck Hogan, and he has been working on it since.

"I wanted very much to develop a story that could be written for kids but dealt with a genre that was scary," he said. "It essentially combines fairy tales with modern times and is about how difficult it is to be kid. Normally, kids are idealized in animated films. But the growing pains, married with the notion that there is a world right next to us that is completely plagued by creatures of ancient lore, it's thematically fitting with the rest of my stuff."

Whilst it is a shame the Double Dare You deal fell through at Disney (I'm still unsure why it did) it is good that he isn't abandoning these projects. It also signals another shift for Dreamworks Animation as they are starting to hire really talented storytellers and technicians (Sanders, Charlie Kaufman, Roger Deakins and now del Toro). Hopefully the studio will actually be decent competition for Pixar (if How to Train Your Dragon is an indication of this new direction then it is possible - I just hope that wasn't a one-off).

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What is up next for Dreamworks? I know they're doing a third Madagascar flick but other than...

I was disappointed that the Double Dare stuff was abandoned by Disney so quickly. Seemed like they'd only just announced it before the deal was broken. I do like the sound of that last paragraph!

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What is up next for Dreamworks?


Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom

Puss in Boots: The Story of an Ogre Killer

The Croods (Chris Sanders is directing)

Madagascar 3

The Guardians of Childhood

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The following don't have release dates.

Good Luck Trolls

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Imaginary Enemies


I can see at least one troll film having to be scrapped.

Whilst the list is still full of the usual crap (Madagascar 3 and Shrek spin-off) it does have some interesting sounding projects, most notably The Croods and The Guardians of Childhood. I'm interested to see who is in line to direct the second Dragon film too.

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