del Toro and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"

Guillermo did not direct‘«™you just think he did‘«™

By Se Fija! Online
Published on LatinoLA: August 27, 2011

del Toro and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"

‘«™and it's not your fault. Even the new bus-stop poster has del Toro's name as big as the title, even though he's actually 'just' the co-writer and producer of the movie.

Somehow or other, Troy Nixey, a well-respected (if slightly cultish) comic book artists and director of the short film Latchkey's Lament, has taken a back seat to the significant personality that is Mr. Del Toro, and from a marketing standpoint‘«Űto share the stage with the man who gave us Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth and Mimi‘«Űthat may not be such a bad thing.

But it is kind of odd. Del Toro's out there giving more interviews and making more appearances than Nixey himself, as Don't Be‘«™is more his movie than anyone else's. That may be the fact, too: in an interview that Nixey gave to Moviesonline.ca, it's clearly a very close collaboration between the Mexican-born movie mogul and the first-time director. It was del Toro's adaptation of the original 1973 screenplay (along with Matthew Robbins, who worked with him on Mimic); he was instrumental in casting, and he was a constant presence on the Melbourne set as well.

Still, this is not exactly Guillermo's first time at the party as a producer, and he's not always so front-and-center. Most folks are surprised to see his name (as producer, executive producer, or creative consultant) on a startling number of projects, from Biutiful and Megamind to Kung Fu Panda 2, and he's rarely left quite as large a fingerprint as he's made in DBAofD. Maybe it's Nixey's newness, or maybe it's because this just feels like a good ol' fashioned del Toro scary-picture project more than many other. He clearly cares a great deal about it; the video interview he gave to Dread Central shows just how close this project has been to his heart, as he talks about his sixteen-year-journey to build the right script and find the right director.

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