ByAlexandra Ekstein-Kon, writer at Creators.co
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When thinking of the best living directors, the name will surface without fail. With an extensive and versatile mix of films to his name, del Toro still retains a personal style that spans across all his varied projects; from the critically acclaimed tale of childhood fantasy and the Spanish Civil War Pan's Labyrinth to the action-packed Pacific Rim, the beloved movies (sorry, no Hellboy 3 for you), and even Blade II, the Mexican director's name has become synonymous with dark fantasy and profoundly human emotion found within profoundly unearthly circumstances.

If you loved Hellboy or Dark Horse Motion Comics, you’ll be dying to know the next Guillermo Del Toro films & TV shows where you can watch him in action. Unless you’re a die-hard fan, you might not know what upcoming Guillermo Del Toro projects as writer, producer & director there are set to be and what he’s up to in 2017. So to help keep you on top of this his anticipated new movie & TV show releases, we've made a handy list of the next Guillermo Del Toro films. From Pacific Rim: Uprising to , the latest flicks from his should get fans excited for these movies coming out.

1. The Strain (TV Series - Season 4)

[Credit: FX]
[Credit: FX]
  • Premiere date: 16 July 2017
  • Creators: Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
  • Cast: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand

Originally a novel written by and Chuck Hogan, The Strain TV show has already been around since 2014 and is now approaching its fourth and final season. The premise revolves around the outbreak of a pandemic that appears to be a strain of vampirism coming straight out of ancient times. Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Miguel Gomez, and Natalie Brown, perfectly exemplifies del Toro's ability to bring monsters to life on screen.

2. The Shape Of Water

	[Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures]
[Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures]
  • Release date: 8 December 2017
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Writer: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
  • Cast: Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer

takes place in the US during the Cold War, around 1963. Life changes for lonely scientist Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) when they discover a secret experiment taking place in their high-security government lab. Expect magic, a sinister creature, and appeal to a more niche audience akin to that of The Devil's Backbone.

In addition to Hawkins and Spencer, the cast list looks stellar, with Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Jenkins, and Doug Jones all appearing.

3. Trollhunters (TV Series - Season 2)

[Credit: Netflix]
[Credit: Netflix]
  • Premiere date: 2017
  • Creator: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Anton Yelchin, Lexi Medrano

The DreamWorks computer-animated children's series first appeared on Netflix in December 2016. When a perfectly normal boy happens upon a magic amulet, he becomes the next Troll Hunter, a warrior who defends the trolls from both humans and trolls of the eviler ilk. This award-winning show will continue into Season 2 in December of this year, although it lost its main star, , last year under tragic circumstances. Yelchin voiced the young Troll Hunter, Jim, but it seems that he recorded enough audio to use well into Season 2.

4. Pacific Rim: Uprising

'Pacific Rim 2' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
'Pacific Rim 2' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Release date: February 23, 2018
  • Director: Steven S. DeKnight
  • Writer & Producer: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Tian Jing, Scott Eastwood, Charlie Day

The second installment in the apocalyptic monster saga is set to arrive in 2018. With del Toro opting out of directing, and instead writing the story and producing this time around, Steven DeKnight (Marvel/Netflix's Daredevil) will direct and co-pen the script. Rinko Kikuchi will reprise her role as Mako Mori, and so far two big new faces have joined the cast: Star Wars' John Boyega, who's set to play Jake Pentecost, and Fast and Furious's Scott Eastwood, who will play Nate Lambert.

5. Pinocchio

[Credit: ShadowMachine/The Jim Henson Company]
[Credit: ShadowMachine/The Jim Henson Company]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson
  • Writer: Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins, Gris Grimly, Carlo Collodi
  • Cast: TBA

Originally a dark children's novel by Italian writer Carlo Collodi, the story of , a wooden puppet who dreams of being a real boy, was adapted into a much lighter version by Disney in 1940. While the beloved tale has been told countless times, this new stop-motion reimagining by del Toro will stay much closer to the source material's dark fantasy. With del Toro's knack for beautifully depicting childhood imagination and terrifying monsters, let's just say my nose isn't growing when I write that I'm waiting with baited breath for this one.

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(Sources: Den of Geek, EW)

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