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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Hitting the Stage as a Musical

Pan's Labyrinth
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Guillermo del Toro‘s been in the news a bit this week, with plans for a ‘Pacific Rim‘ sequel and a new haunted house film in the works, and now his 2006 fantasy horror film ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ is getting a stage musical adaptation.

That Guillermo del Toro is one busy man. Sometimes it seems a week doesn’t go by where we aren’t hearing something about a new project with his name attached in some capacity. Today’s news involves his 2006 film, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ which told the story of a little girl living in fascist Spain in 1944, who uses a dark imaginary world to escape the torment of her army officer step-dad.

And now the beautiful and eerie world of ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ is hitting the stage as a musical, according to Deadline. Acclaimed songwriter Paul Williams has been hired to write the lyrics, while Gustavo Santaolalla will pen the score — Santaolalla’s scores for ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘Babel’ won him Oscars, so his pairing with the equally noteworthy Williams seems like a wonderful match.

Del Toro says of the pair, “I admire and love Gustavo and Paul wrote the perfect album in ‘Phantom Of The Paradise,’ which I have loved for decades.” Apparently Del Toro has been quietly at work on a stage musical of ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ for several years now, interviewing directors and composers to find the perfect fit.

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