Guillermo del Toro is one of the most creative and visionary artists of his generation whose distinctive style is showcased through his work as a filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and author. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, del Toro first gained worldwide recognition for the 1993 Mexican-American co-production Cronos, a supernatural horror film, which he directed from his own screenplay after beginning his career working as a special effects makeup artist. The film premiered at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Mercedes-Benz Award. It also won over 20 international awards, including eight Ariel Awards from the Mexican Academy of Film, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and the Golden Ariel.
He then directed and co-wrote the supernatural thriller The Devil’s Backbone, which, along with Cronos, has appeared repeatedly in Top Ten lists of the best genre films of all time.
In 2004, del Toro directed and co-wrote the action adventure sci-fi thriller Hellboy starring Ron Perlman in the title role. Four years later, he wrote and directed the hit sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
Del Toro earned international acclaim as the director, writer and producer of the 2006 fantasy drama Pan’s Labyrinth. He was honored with an Oscar® nomination for his original screenplay for the film, which received five additional Oscar® nominations, including Best Foreign Language Film, and won Academy Awards for Art Direction, Cinematography, and Makeup. In all, the film garnered more than 40 international awards and appeared on more than 35 critics’ lists of the year’s best films.
Most recently, del Toro wrote and directed the epic sci-fi action-adventure Pacific Rim starring Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba, which has grossed over $400 million worldwide. He also created the Couch Gag for the 24th annual Treehouse of Horror Halloween episode of The Simpsons which aired in October 2013 and garnered over 20 million views on YouTube.
Currently, he is directing the feature Crimson Peak, an original supernatural thriller, which he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins for Legendary and Universal Pictures. The film, which will be released in 2015, stars Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam.
Del Toro recently executive produced the worldwide horror hit Mama, starring Jessica Chastain. At Universal Pictures, he is developing an adaptation of Frances Hodgson’s The Secret Garden, with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Lucy Alibar and producer Mark Johnson. His other producing projects include The Haunted Mansion at Disney and The Dark Universe (which he is also writing) for Warner Bros. and DC Comics.
Among his other film credits, del Toro produced the supernatural thriller The Orphanage, which became the highest-grossing local language film in Spain’s history. In addition, he partnered with fellow Mexican directors Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu to produce Rudo y Cursi, directed by Carlos Cuarón and Biutiful, written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
On the animation front, del Toro, through his overall deal with DreamWorks Animation, has been an executive producer on the films Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots and Rise of the Guardians. Among his upcoming animation projects are Puss in Boots 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 for DreamWorks Animation and The Book of Life, for Fox Animation and ReelFX. He is also developing and will co-direct an adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio, as a 3D, stop-motion feature, which he will co-produce with The Henson Company.
Del Toro has also turned his attention to publishing. With novelist Chuck Hogan, he co-authored The Strain, which was published in June 2009 by William Morrow. They have since collaborated on The Fall and The Night Eternal which make up The Strain Trilogy. All three books debuted as The New York Times top-ten bestsellers. Del Toro created a graphic novel series adapted from the trilogy. In October 2013, Harper Design published Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities, a lavishly illustrated book that contains notes, drawings, and untold creatures from del Toro’s private journals and filmmaking diaries, with never-before-seen characters, art, and ideas of things to come. In 2015, Hyperion Press will publish Trollhunters, a young adult fantasy-adventure novel co-written by Del Toro and Daniel Kraus.
Del Toro and Hogan are the creators of FX’s series based on The Strain. Del Toro directed the premiere episode of The Strain and also serves as an Executive Producer.