The Oscar-winning director of The Shape of Water will write and direct the action film Zanbato for Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions.
As revealed to Collider, Zanbato will feature a kick-ass female protagonist with lethal fighting skills, in the tradition of Kill Bill and the more recent Alita: Battle Angel. Del Toro added on Twitter that the character will not be a ninja, and that the project has been in development for around six years.
A collaboration between these two genre icons is exciting news indeed, and in the meantime, GDT has his fingers in a number of pies. He’s an executive producer and co-writer on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, directed by André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe), as well as producer on the horror-thriller Antlers from director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) and The Witches, a new adaptation of the Roald Dahl story by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future).