In April 2008, del Toro was hired by Peter Jackson to direct the live-action film adaptation of J. However, no update of this project has been made since the announcement.
On June 2, 2009, del Toro's first novel, The Strain, was released.
When del Toro was about eight years old, he began experimenting with his father's Super 8 camera, making short films with Planet of the Apes toys and other objects.
One short focused on a "serial killer potato" with ambitions of world domination; it murdered del Toro's mother and brothers before stepping outside and being crushed by a car.
He also wrote four and directed five episodes of the cult series La Hora Marcada, along with other Mexican filmmakers such as Emmanuel Lubezki and Alfonso Cuarón.
Del Toro studied special effects and make-up with special-effects artist Dick Smith.
Hurwood among his favourites in the non-literary form about vampires.
Del Toro won a Golden Globe and received an Academy Award for Best Director nomination for the film, both of which were his first.I cannot pontificate about it, but by the time I'm done, I will have done one movie, and it's all the movies I want. One is pro-institution, which is the most reprehensible type of fairy tale: Don't wander into the woods, and always obey your parents.People say, you know, "I like your Spanish movies more than I like your English-language movies because they are not as personal", and I go "Fuck, you're wrong! They're tonally different, and yes, of course you can like one more than the other – the other one may seem banal or whatever it is that you don't like. The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and antiestablishment." The three often influence each other's directorial decisions, and have been interviewed together by Charlie Rose.The final installment, The Night Eternal, followed in October 2011.Del Toro cites writings of Antoine Augustin Calmet, Montague Summers and Bernhardt J.