El Fauno is ready to creep into the spotlight. The eerie fantasy flick Pan’s Labyrinth will be adapted for the stage by the film’s director, Guillermo del Toro, according to Deadline.com. Del Toro, who has already completed the book for the new stage musical alongside Jeremy Ungar, will collaborate with Oscar-winning composers Paul Williams and Gustavo Santaolalla. No casting, dates or potential location for the world premiere have been set.
“I’m so excited about translating Guillermo’s magical vision into music and songs,” Santaolalla told Deadline.com. “I’m such a longtime fan of both Guillermo and Paul that to work on this with them is truly a dream come true.”
Set in Spain in 1944, Pan’s Labyrinth is the dark story of Ofelia, a young girl who leaves her new stepfather and pregnant mother to escape into a mysterious fantasy world full of strange creatures. When her real life begins to fall apart, Ofelia must fight to save her baby brother. The movie earned three Academy Awards and three additional nominations.
Del Toro’s directing credits include Hellboy, Blade II, The Devil’s Backbone, Hora Marcada, Geometria and Mimic, which he also wrote. His additional writing credits include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Ungar’s writing credits include A Short Film About Kissing and Sleepers of the City. Williams served as composer for Phantom of the Paradise, a 1974 film based on The Phantom of the Opera. He is the composer of classic pop songs including “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “The Rainbow Connection,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “Evergreen,” for which he won an Academy Award. Santaolalla composed the score for Brokeback Mountain and Babel, winning two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Score. His additional composing credits include 21 Grams and The Motorcycle Diaries.
Watch the trailer for Pan's Labyrinth below!