del Toro to Produce Animated Day of the Dead Film

He’s already taking on a beauty and a beast… And, now Guillermo del Toro is ready to work with the living dead

The 47-year-old Mexican filmmaker who directed the Hellboy films will produce the CG-animated The Day of the Dead with Reel FX, an animation and live-action development and production studio.

Guillermo Del Toro

The film will be directed and co-written by Jorge R. Gutierrez, the 37-year-old Mexican animator who created the Emmy-winning animated television series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon.

The Day of the Dead centers on a Romeo and Juliet-type love story set against a Mexican Día de los Muertos backdrop.

“I have admired Jorge’s work for a long time. He has a unique aesthetic and sense of humor. Day of the Dead offers a perfect opportunity for his sensibilities to shine,” del Toro said. “This is a colorful, vibrant, vital fable that utilizes the animation medium in an incredible way.”

The film, which marks the first time since 1993′s Cronos that del Toro has collaborated on a feature in his native Mexico, is being eyed for a fall 2014 release.