(Relaxnews) – Fox has also enlisted Zoe Saldana, Christina Applegate, Diego Luna and Ron Perlman to voice characters in the forthcoming animated feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The Book of Life” will tell the story of Manolo, a young man at a turning point in his life, who embarks upon a challenging journey on the Día de Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead. The festive and colorful celebration honoring the deceased will provide the backdrop for this animated coming-of-age tale.
Fox will collaborate with Reel FX Animation on the project. The film is co-produced by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, a master of the fantasy genre, known for his films “The Devil’s Backbone,” “Pan’s Labyrinth” and, more recently, “Pacific Rim.”
“The Book of Life” is scheduled for release in the US and Canada on October 17, 2014, just in time for Halloween. Pixar, meanwhile, is also planning an animated feature on the subject of the Day of the Dead, helmed by “Toy Story 3” director Lee Unkrich and slated for release in 2016.