By José Alberto Hermosillo
Mexican director Guillermo del Toro presented the teaser of his latest film, “Nightmare
Alley,” on Twitter yesterday, with over 3 million views - the trailer went viral in a matter of hours. The Hollywood “A” cast of this, his most recent production includes Oscar-winning
actress Cate Blanchett, Willem
Dafoe (“My Hindu Friend”), Bradley Cooper, Toni Collette,
Ron Perlman, Clifton Collins Jr., and Richard Jenkins, among other renowned performers. This film is bound to be a winter hit.
According to the laureate filmmaker, “Nightmare Alley” is not a remake. It is a new adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel and has nothing to do with the 1947 version featuring Tyrone Power in the lead. The screenplay is co-written by Guillermo del Toro himself and young writer Kim Morgan.
The story was introduced to Guillermo by his longtime collaborator Ron Perlman (“Cronos,” “Hellboy,” “Pacific Rim”) in the 1990s. At that time, it was challenging to secure the rights of the novel. This Mexican, Canadian, American production was filmed in Ontario, Canada. The post-production got interrupted right in the middle due to the pandemic's shutdown elevating the budget considerably. In the end, it is worth the effort to have such a magnificent work finished and ready to hit the movie theaters.
This is the first “Noir Thriller” film Guillermo del Toro ever made. His body of work fluctuates from fantasy to horror. The maker of “The Shape of Water” mentioned that his latest film has no monsters, yet, those have to be discovered by the public, because the real monsters are within the characters of this fascinating story.
“Nightmare Alley” will be released in theaters by Searchlight
Pictures on December 17th, and we cannot wait any longer to witness
the work of the genius Mexican director.
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