Recently Guillermo Del Toro teased us with an announcement of a project relating to the letter ‘D’. Speculation ran rampant that it would be anything from a film based on DC’s character Deadman to his projected adaptation of Drood by Dan Simmons, to all sorts of other outlandish stuff.
Now we know the deal: he’s teaming up with Disney to launch a new animation label called Disney Double Dare You, which will “create new animated films full of chills and thrills for audiences of all ages.”
We don’t know too much more than the basics right now. Del Toro will be producing all films under the banner, and directing some projects. (How and when he’ll do that, considering the rich set of projects already on his plate, remains a mystery. I’m thinking clones.) He did appear via satellite at Disney’s D23 panel today to make the announcement. He says the intent of the label is to touch on the scary side of Disney, seemingly alluding to the sensation of evil and chills created by villains in classic Disney animation. But “the emphasis is on fun, and we have some great ideas already on the storyboards,” he said.
The first feature will be Trollhunters, which GDT tells Variety is based on an original story he wrote. Additionally, the Double Dare You films will be linked by “one feature that shall remain secret, but that you shall soon be very familiar with.”