Guillermo del Toro is bringing his horror sensibilities to Netflix. The Oscar-winner has teamed with the world's largest streaming service for a new original horror anthology series titled 10 After Midnight. In this new genre-defining anthology series, the acclaimed Academy Award-winning filmmaker will present a collection of personally curated stories, that are both equally sophisticated and horrific. With this first live-action series, del Toro and Netflix extend their collaboration, which began with the award-winning animated series Trollhunters, which returns for a new season on May 25.

In Guillermo Del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight, creator and executive producer del Toro will bring his own visionary style as both a writer and director to certain episodes. Unfortunately, he won't be handling every episode himself, but he's going to be heavily involved from top to bottom. In addition to the episodes he helms, del Toro will handpick a team of the genre's best writers and exciting new filmmakers to bring his selection of stories to life. So this will present up-and-coming horror writers and directors a chance to showcase their talents.

This new project reteams Del Toro with producer J. Miles Dale, who worked on The Shape of Water and serves as executive producer on this new series, along with Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment. Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight is a Netflix production, and its first original horror anthology series. Netflix has produced plenty of horror content in the past, such as the series Hemlock Grove, and movies like Veronica, The Ritual and Stephen King adaptations Gerald's Game and 1922.

Guillermo del Toro has been capitalizing ever since The Shape of Water took the Oscars by storm, ultimately garnering 13 nominations. The movie, in total, won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Production Design. In addition to this new series for Netflix, the beloved filmmaker also signed an overall deal with Fox Searchlight and will work with the studio to create a whole new genre movie division. Del Toro has had his fans for years now, but he's been given some major platforms to showcase his work and ideas. Ultimately, it's probably for the best that he didn't get caught up with projects like Pacific Rim 2 and Hellboy 3, as they would have taken up a bunch of his time and prevented things like this from happening.

Currently, there is no word on when we can expect 10 After Midnight to premiere, but Guillermo del Toro is also finally working on his Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie, so he's got a lot on his plate. Though, Netflix streaming service did say that the series is coming "soon," but that could mean a lot of things. Even if we have to wait a bit, this sounds like a perfect fit for del Toro and could be an excellent treat for horror fans. It might even help to ease the pain of TNT having to ditch M. Night Shyamalan's Tales From the Crypt reboot last year.

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