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The Shape of Water Getting Original Companion Novel by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus



It hasn’t come out yet and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is already winning coveted awards and wowing festival audiences around the world. Coming out this December, the Cold War-era film will tell the tale of a mute woman who begins communicating with a creature that is being held at the Occam Aerospace Research Center.

Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, has announced that a companion novel, which is being authored by del Toro and Daniel Kraus and is also titled The Shape of Water, will be published on February 27th, 2018. The film mirrors and extends the story told by the feature film. Del Toro explains, “This is a story I’ve been thinking about since I was six years old and saw Julie Adams in Creature from the Black Lagoon. I always hoped she and the creature would end up together, but they didn’t. It was over a breakfast with my Trollhunters collaborator Daniel Kraus that he told me about his version of a similar idea and I knew immediately that we’d cracked the story, both for the movie and the book.

Kraus adds, “The Shape of Water is my oldest spark of an idea—I’ve been carrying it around inside me since I was fifteen. But it wasn’t a fully fleshed story until I met Guillermo. Within seconds of telling him the premise, he began filling in the narrative blanks. I love writing with Guillermo because he’s the most earnest, emotionally open artist I know, and those sensibilities compliment my darker, grittier tendencies.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, who co-wrote the film with Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer.

In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.



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