Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro shared an image of himself in white Edinburgh “hunting locations” for his latest project, yet to be confirmed.
The director of Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Shape of Water and Blade II also posted a photo with artist Guy Davis, who has collaborated with him on previous projects like 2022’s Pinocchio.
The 58-year-old was speculated to be scouting locations in the Scottish capital for a live-action adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror novel Frankenstein, which he is reportedly writing and directing.
Location Scouting… Day 4 pic.twitter.com/qiAEy8CjOP
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) April 5, 2023
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Commenting on the news of del Toro’s visit, Cllr Val Walker, Convener for Culture and Communities at Edinburgh City Council, told The Herald: “It is very exciting to hear that Guillermo Del Toro is considering Edinburgh as a potential location for a future project.
“We welcome filming in the city for the economic benefit, employment opportunities, and on-screen promotion it brings. It is a source of real pride that the beauty Edinburgh attracts this type of project. Our commitment to facilitate and support filming in the city is established in our Filming Charter”.
Ken Massie, Head of Industry Development at VisitScotland, added: “We know that spending on screen tourism generates £55m of GVA (gross value added) for the Scottish economy. And research shows that one in five international visitors has visited a movie or TV location during your vacation abroad.
“We have already seen in movies and TELEVISION programs like Outlander and Harry Potter, that people want to visit real-life places as part of their travel plans, and this can have a positive impact on visitor numbers and encourage a greater distribution of visitors across the country, during all year”.