We learned in February that Guillermo del Toro signed on to produce an animated movie about the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead directed by Jorge R. Guiterrez. THR reports that Fox Animation has acquired the picture, now titled Book of Life, and plans to release it on October 10, 2014. Fox and the filmmakers aren’t ready to release the full logline just yet, but we heard back in February that Book of Life tells “a Romeo and Juliet-style love story set against a Mexican Day of the Dead backdrop.”
Fox Animation has a decade-long partnership with Blue Sky Studios (the guys behind the Ice Age series) that will continue with Epic, Rio 2, and the Peanuts movie everyone wants. But their upcoming slate adds a few more in-house productions like Book of Life, Walking with Dinosaurs, and Welcome to the Jungle. Del Toro has his own partnership with Dreamworks Animation, so I’m surprised they didn’t grab Book of Life. I am happy to see the project find any studio home, since a quick search on Google images pretty much guarantees an animated Day of the Dead film will pop on screen.