Guillermo del Toro just swept the Oscars with his dazzling love story The Shape of Water. Now, he’s working with Netflix on an adaptation of Pinocchio, which has long been a passion project for him. Even with the accolades, it’s taken him years to get Pinocchio off the ground, and today he took to Twitter to talk about other scripts he’s completed that have never seen the light of day. These scripts range from Justice League Dark and The Wind in the Willows to The Haunted Mansion to At the Mountains of Madness.
This represents a sobering reality about the screenwriting profession: not every script materializes into a finished product. Del Toro spent months, even years, on some of these scripts, and yet none of them have ever been produced. He’s a well-respected writer and director as well, and I can see at least three projects I would love to back just scanning the titles. Still, none of these scripts became films, though who knows what might change now that del Toro has put them out there.