Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke Are Writing a New Pan's Labyrinth Novel

The Faun and Ofelia in Pan’s Labyrinth.
The Faun and Ofelia in Pan’s Labyrinth.
Image: Picturehouse

As much as Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth is a fantasy/horror film about a young girl dealing with the psychological trauma of living through war, it’s also a dark, mesmerizing fairytale about fantastical creatures and realms that exist beyond the bounds of human imagination. Now, more than a decade after the film’s release, the world of Pan’s Labyrinth is getting bigger.


Together with co-writer Cornelia Funke (Inkheart), del Toro is penning Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun, an adaptation of the original film that will retell the story of how Ofelia, believing herself to be a long-lost princess, descends into a demon-filled underworld in hopes of being reunited with her father, the king. While the illustrated novel will follow the events of the film, it’ll also introduce new parts of the Pan’s Labyrinth mythos, potentially making this less of a straight novelization and more like an expansion of an established tale.

The cover of Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun.
The cover of Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun.
Image: Katherine Tegen Books

Further details about the novel are currently scarce, but judging from the title, we’re going to learn quite a bit more about the titular faun when the book’s available on July 2.

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io9 Culture Critic and Staff Writer. Cyclops was right.


Erm.... WHAT?? Wouldn’t that basically ruin the big reveal of the first movie? SPOILERS AHEAD:

“Pan’s Labyrinth” was basically “Jacob’s Ladder,” but in the mind of a little girl’s dying fantasy instead of a Vietnam vet’s PTSD-induced horror. (At least that was my take-away.) This is about as bad as any and all sequels to “Highlander,” they ALL ruined the first movie.