Fans of Guillermo del Toro’s incredibly dark fairy tale Pan’s Labyrinth might be excited to know about his upcoming novel project. He’s teaming with New York Times best-selling author Cornelia Funke to turn adapt Pan’s Labyrinth into a book, entitled The Labyrinth of the Faun – the literal translation of the film’s original Spanish title.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) April 3, 2019
The Labyrinth of the Faun, according to the press release, is a collaboration seeking to “transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy novel for readers of all ages, complete with haunting illustrations and enchanting short stories that flesh out the folklore of this fascinating world.”
Pan’s Labyrinth was a massive critical success upon release in 2006, bagging three Oscars and helping del Toro become a household name in the United States. It tells the story of a young girl, Ofelia, living in Spain during World War II. She escapes from the horrors of her reality into a dark fairy tale world, guided by a creature called a Faun.
del Toro has had a number of successes, including 2017’s The Shape of Water, two Hellboy films, and the Pacific Rim series. He also has several projects in the works, including Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Pinocchio.
He is also no stranger to writing. He co-wrote a vampire trilogy with Chuck Hogan entitled The Strain, which was later turned into a series by FX.
His co-writer this time around is Cornelia Funke, who is best known for her Inkheart fantasy trilogy. The first book in the trilogy was made into a film in 2008 and starred Brendan Frasier.
Judging from the product description, it seems as if The Labyrinth of the Faun is more of a novelization of the film than a brand new story, but it also sounds like there will be plenty of surprises and expansion on the world of the Pan’s Labyrinth. It is set to hit shelves on July 2nd. Mark your calendars, and keep up with the latest horror news on our Twitter, the official NOFS subreddit, and Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club.