‘The Buried Giant’ Guillermo Del Toro Netflix Film: What We Know So Far

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Fresh off his wild success with PinocchioOscar winner and one of the most recognized auteurs of modern cinema, Guillermo del Toro is returning to Netflix with yet another stop-motion animation called The Buried Giant, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro. Here’s what we know:

Guillermo del Toro will direct the feature, as well as co-write with Dennis Kelly, whose credits include Netflix’s Matilde the Musical, Utopia, The third day, and more. In fact, we know that Kelly was linked to The Buried Giant on Netflix since at least the summer of 2022. Unfortunately, we didn’t get official commentary from Netflix at the time.

On the announcement of the change, Guillermo del Toro commented:

The Buried Giant continues my animation partnership with Netflix and our pursuit of stop-motion as a medium to tell complex stories and build limitless worlds. It is a great honor and a great responsibility for me to direct this script that Dennis Kelly and I are adapting from Kazuo Ishiguro’s profound and imaginative novel.”

Guillermo del Toro is working with Netflix on an overall deal that closed in August 2020. It is one of at least three projects that we understand del Toro is currently in the works with others being Dr. frankenstein It is Vampire Tapestry.

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Netflix Film President Scott Stuber also made a statement:

“Guillermo del Toro is a visionary filmmaker and a master of his craft. We couldn’t be more proud of the prestigious recognition for its Pinocchioand we are pleased to continue our creative partnership as he develops his next project with Netflix.”

What is the plot of The Buried Giant?

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The Buried Giant is based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s bestselling novel of the same name. Released in March 2015 and Ishiguro reportedly spent ten years “interrupting” writing.

Here’s the synopsis for The Buried Giant:

In post-Arthur Britain, the wars that once raged between Saxons and Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly British couple, leave to visit their son, whom they haven’t seen for years. And, because a strange fog has caused mass amnesia across the land, they can barely remember anything about him. As they are joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphaned ward and an illustrious knight, Axl and Beatrice slowly begin to remember the dark and troubled past they all share.

who is cast The Buried Giant?

As of February 2023, no cast members have been announced for the Netflix series. The Buried Giant as the series is still very early in development.

We should hear more news about this in the coming months. We’re very likely to hear some familiar voices from Guillermo del Toro’s other work, as he’s one of those directors who often has his favorites to work with. Ron Perlman, Cate Blanchett, Doug Jones to name a few.

What is the production status of The Buried Giant?

from netflix The Buried Giant is currently in active development with Guillermo del Toro and Dennis Kelly writing the script. We probably won’t hear many updates on the production front, as this is stop-motion animation and the work is done almost exclusively inside animation studios. A son Pinocchio by Guillermo del ToroShadowMachine’s stop motion studio will serve as the production base.

What is the Netflix release date for The Buried Giant?

Netflix has not announced any release dates for The Buried Giant.

That said, we can look at del Toro’s Pinocchio timeline and try to come up with some kind of hunch. Pinocchio had a troubled development history for 10 years starting in 2008 and didn’t seem to go into active production until Netflix picked it up in 2018, with the movie finally getting a release in 2022.

Animated projects tend to take a long time to make. Will The buried the giant also need several years to complete or will the process be faster this time? Only time will tell.

Are you looking forward to Netflix releasing your adaptation of The Buried Giant? Let us know in the comments.

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