Guillermo del Toro Picks Scott Cooper to Helm Antlers, Plans Remake of Nightmare Alley

The Shape of Water director is in-development with two new projects at Fox Searchlight.

With The Shape of Water earning rave reviews and racking up seven Golden Globe nominations, Fox Searchlight is raring to get back into bed with director Guillermo del Toro, pushing two of his gestating projects into development, according to Variety.  

Though the sale of 20th Century Fox to Disney is looming and the future of Fox Searchlight could be up in the air, the studio is nonetheless in negotiations with Scott Cooper (Hostiles) to direct the del Toro-produced supernatural film Antlers. Apparently, the two are fans of each other and were eager to collaborate on a project.

In other del Toro news, the prolific director has laid out plans to write and direct a remake of the 1947 carnival-set thriller Nightmare Alley.

“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.”

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It’s unlikely Nightmare Alley will be del Toro’s next project or arriving in the near future, as the director has already detailed plans to take a yearlong break from directing, has indicated that he’ll be helming the James Cameron-produced Fantastic Voyage remake next, and still has to pen the script for Nightmare Alley.

With so many projects in development, will be sure to keep you posted on all things del Toro-related.