After Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” landed a leading seven nominations at the Golden Globes, Fox Searchlight has ramped up development on two projects with the filmmaker.
Sources tell Variety that Searchlight is in negotiations with “Hostiles” director Scott Cooper to direct the supernatural pic “Antlers,” which del Toro is producing. Del Toro has been a fan of Cooper’s for some time now, and the two were eager to work together.
“I am delighted to continue the producing partnership that has been forged with Fox Searchlight during the making of ‘The Shape of Water,’” del Toro said in a statement. “Nancy, Steve, David and Matthew and the entire team are great champions of true cinema. With both ‘Nightmare Alley’ and ‘Antlers’ I know we will create entertaining, elevated films.”
“Antlers” was penned by Henry Chaisson & Nick Antosca and is based on the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Antosca. Searchlight recently acquired the supernatural horror spec that follows a young teacher who discovers that her troubled student’s father and younger brother harbor a deadly supernatural secret. Taking the boy into her care, the teacher must fight for their survival against horrors beyond imagination.
Joining del Toro as producers are David S. Goyer, Miles Dale, and Kevin Turen with Antosca exec producing.