During the 34th edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), this weekend Netflix reaffirmed its strong commitment to Mexican talent, focusing now on family and children's content.
Netflix's vice president of Kids & Family, Melissa Cobb, and Oscar-winning director, Guillermo del Toro, revealed during the FICG new animation productions directed by creators from Mexico and Latin America.
Melissa Cobb and Guillermo del Toro at the FICG
"Mexican creators’ great talent plays a fundamental role in our vision of children and family content, and we are excited to help their stories, unique and personal, travel to connect with families from all over the world. Today, we are proud to strengthen our relationship with Mexico," said Cobb.
She added that the company is "very excited to work with some of the most talented creators in Latin America and Mexico, like Guillermo del Toro, Jorge Gutiérrez and Sergio Pablos."
Del Toro himself will be in charge of Pinocchio, a film he will write and which will be shot as a musical animation and in stop motion technique. It is expected that this new version of the classic will reach the platform in 2021.
In addition, Netflix announced the animated miniseries Maya and the Three, written, created and directed by the Mexican Jorge Gutiérrez (The Book of Life). Set in a mythical world inspired by the Mesoamerican tradition, it will tell the story of a woman who becomes a warrior and fights with the gods. It also has an expected premiere date for 2021.
And Sergio Pablos will direct Klaus, Netflix's first animated (2D) family movie, about how the legend of Santa Claus began. The launch could come during the Christmas season of this 2019.
These join Legends 2, from production company Ánima Estudios, which will be launched at the end of 2019, and other titles that are being produced in Latin America and Spain, such as Raise the Bar, animation by the Chilean Fernanda Frick on a group of Latin American teenagers who want to be Olympic athletes.
Del Toro Announces International Animation Center
Along with Pinnochio's announcement, Guillermo Del Toro said that with the film he will help Netflix find new talent that can generate interesting stories.
"Guillermo is a champion in promoting and helping with mentoring talent in Mexico and Latin America, he does it every day and in all the projects he has, and there will be artists from around the world who will be able to join this great production," said the Netflix executive.
In addition, the Mexican filmmaker took the opportunity to announce the creation of the International Animation Center in Guadalajara.
The aim of the new center will be to encourage local talent and motivate the growth and exchange of the burgeoning independent industry.