Guillermo del Toro making 'Pan's Labyrinth' a musical
Guillermo del Toro's awesome 2006 fantasy Pan's Labyrinth has found new life on the stage, because the yarn is going to be a stage musical. And Paul Williams will be writing the lyrics! Can't wait for that one to come to the Straz Center; It'll be the most horrifyingly entertaining kidddie show ever!
Del Toro has been working on the project for four years, says Deadline.com, and has been looking for collaborators the whole time. Besides cowriting a book for the stage version with Jeremy Ungar, he also convinced Gustavo Santaolalla --who won Oscars for the scores for Brokeback Mountain and Babel -- to compose the music.
The director and his two music masterminds met while working on the upcoming animated feature Day of the Dead. "I admire and love Gustavo and Paul wrote the perfect album in Phantom Of The Paradise, which I have loved for decades," del Toro said. They have their work cut out for them, because making a rousing musical score about a little girl so afraid of her cruel stepfather (an army officer in 1994 Fascist Spain) she seeks refuge in a fantasy world of evil fauns and child-eating monsters will be difficult, to say the least.
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