'The Book of Life' Movie Starring Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum Releases October 2014, Watch Official Trailer (VIDEO)
THE BOOK OF LIFE is an upcoming animated comedy film from producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez.
The 20th Century Fox movie stars the voice acting of Channing Tatum (Joaquin), Zoë Saldana (Maria), Diego Luna (Manolo), Ice Cube (The Candle Maker), Ron Perlman (Xibalba), Christina Applegate, Danny Trejo (Manolo's Grandfather), Cheech Marin, Kate del Castillo (La Muerta) and Eugenio Derbez.
THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.
THE BOOK OF LIFE is set to open up to theaters in the U.S. on October 17th, 2014.
The Book of Life was originally optioned by DreamWorks Animation in 2007, but never went beyond development because of "creative differences". On February 21, 2012, it was announced Guillermo del Toro would produce the film, originally titled Day of the Dead. On December 12, 2012, it was announced that the film would be released on October 10, 2014, and that 20th Century Fox would distribute the film. On October 15, 2013, it was announced that the film would be pushed back from October 3, 2014, to October 17, 2014. On October 16, 2013, it was announced that Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna and Christina Applegate would be starring in the film.
In February 2014, while speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the film's director Jorge Gutierrez explained that he wanted the film to look exactly like the concept art in "The Art of" books, saying: "I saw every single one that comes out and my biggest heartbreak is that I see all this glorious art, and then the movie doesn't look like that! The mandate of this movie was: Our 'Art of' book is going to look exactly like the movie. And every artist poured their heart and soul into that idea."
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