A 'Shape of Water' Sitcom? Guillermo del Toro and Others Talk Spinoffs

9:00 AM 2/20/2018

by Rebecca Ford

In the age of franchises, three Oscar-nominated directors imagine their own cinematic universes.

Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox (Shape), Universal Pictures (Get), A24 (Lady)

  • 'Lady Bird'

    Directed by Greta Gerwig

    Stephen Henderson stars in the film as Father Leviatch.
    Stephen Henderson stars in the film as Father Leviatch.
    Courtesy of A24

    Greta Gerwig imagines a spinoff about the emotional priest Father Leviatch (Stephen Henderson) who serves as Lady Bird's (Saoirse Ronan) acting coach, encouraging his students to cry out their emotions. "I would want to do an entire movie about Father Leviatch," says Gerwig. "I'm interested in building cinematic worlds in a lateral way. I'm interested in every character in the movie, and that was due to such great actors who drew such compelling characters with the smallest brush strokes."

  • 'The Shape of Water'

    Directed by Guillermo del Toro

    Sally Hawkins stars in the film as Elisa.
    Sally Hawkins stars in the film as Elisa.
    Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

    Guillermo del Toro jokingly imagines a TV series revolving around neighbors Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and Giles (Richard Jenkins). "The TV spinoff would be the strangest version of The Odd Couple ever," he says, adding that Elisa's fish-man boyfriend (Doug Jones) would make it unique. "It'd be a Seinfeld-like comedy with two apartments next to each other and the nosy neighbor who keeps breaking in through the door constantly on this creature. It would be the strangest sitcom in the history of mankind."

  • 'Get Out'

    Directed by Jordan Peele

    Daniel Kaluuya stars in the film as Chris.
    Daniel Kaluuya stars in the film as Chris.
    Courtesy of Universal Studios

    "I will definitely seriously consider it," says Peele when THR asked about the possibility of a sequel to his horror film. "There are some loose ends that feel like they want to be tied up. Get Out showed me there was an audience for projects that deal with race through genre." He adds that the HBO genre show he's currently developing, Lovecraft Country, takes place in Jim Crow America and follows a black family who find themselves dealing with the racism of the time. Adds Peele, "This is probably as close to Get Out as a spinoff or show as I could find."

    This story first appeared in the Feb. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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