As if he wasn’t already busy enough, we’ve got the scoop on another possible upcoming project for geek icon Guillermo Del Toro this week. This is just one of a hundred movies he seems to be juggling right now, so it’s unclear exactly when it might happen, but the news comes from his good friend Alfonso Cuaron, so it must be somewhat reliable.
According to Empire, Cuaron himself was set to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s creepy children’s book The Witches, about a boy who gets turned into a mouse. However, he has now decided to give up the job to Del Toro, who reportedly “wrote this amazing screenplay really quickly”. Although The Witches was previously adapted for the 1990 film starring Anjelica Huston, this will not be a simple remake because this time Del Toro is planning to do the whole thing with stop-motion animation! Weird. We previously heard that he also wanted to do a stop-motion Pinocchio, so he certainly seems set on following in Tim Burton’s footsteps. Here’s the problem: the guy can’t say no to anything! It is really getting to the point where Del Toro needs to start turning down a few of these gigs and let someone else take a stab at them, otherwise they’ll just sit on the back burner for another 10 or 15 years. What’s wrong with letting Alfonso Cuaron direct? What is he up to lately anyway?