Fresh off his Oscar wins for Best Picture and Best Director for The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro has signed a a new deal with that film's producers: Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The studio, which has produced four of the last 10 Best Picture winners, will create a new label for del Toro to produce, write and direct pretty much anything that suits his fancy, especially in genre fare like horror, sci-fi and fantasy, all of which del Toro has excelled at.
The first film under the new banner will be Antlers, from Hostiles director Scott Cooper. That film, based on the short story "The Quiet Boy," is a horror film about a teacher who mentors a difficult student. Nick Antosca, a writer on the excellent Hannibal TV series, will adapt his own story with newcomer Henry Chaisson. J. Miles Dale (The Shape of Water) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) will co-produce with executive producer Kevin Turen (99 Homes).
Guillermo del Toro has yet to announce his next project as writer-director, but will certainly take some time to enjoy his two Oscars.