Animation lovers were entranced by “The Book of Life,” an animation film full of Mexican folklore and breathtaking visuals created by co-producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez that mesmerised audiences worldwide. Since its release, there have been whispers about a sequel with fans eagerly awaiting its arrival – now known as “The Book of Life 2.” What we know so far.
A Glimpse Back: The Charm of “The Book of Life”
Set against a rich tapestry of vibrant colors and mesmerizing characters, “The Book of Life” introduces us to a museum guide captivating a group of children with a tale about Manolo, a young bullfighter. This tale takes a dark turn when Manolo faces untimely death, setting him on an epic journey between realms, where love becomes his guiding light.
With voice talents like Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, and Channing Tatum, the film was a masterpiece in storytelling and character development. Interestingly, it bore thematic resemblances to Pixar’s “Coco”, leading to some comparisons, though Jorge Gutierrez expressed genuine enthusiasm for the latter.
Confirmation of the Sequel
In 2017, the animation community was abuzz when director Jorge Gutierrez and ReelFX unveiled that “The Book of Life 2” was underway. However, the waters have remained murky post this revelation, with limited updates on the sequel’s progression.
Diving into Gutierrez’s Other Projects
Understanding the timeline of “The Book of Life 2” necessitates a look into Gutierrez’s other endeavors. He took the reins for the animated series “Maya And The Three” slated for a 2021 summer release on Netflix. Described as the Mexican counterpart to the epic “Lord of the Rings”, it’s clear that Gutierrez has been deeply involved in bringing this ambitious project to fruition. This involvement suggests that fans might need to muster a bit more patience for the next “Book of Life” installment.
A Peek into “The Book of Life 2”
While specifics remain elusive, certain narrative threads for the sequel have been teased by Gutierrez. He envisions a three-part saga, where “The Book of Life 2” delves deep into Joaquin’s bonds with his father. Channing Tatum’s character, Joaquin, was a pivotal figure in the original, and this sequel promises to further illuminate his backstory.
Moreover, the concluding part of this trilogy will shift its gaze to Maria, who tied the knot with Luna’s Manolo in the inaugural film’s climax. This narrative trajectory implies a rich tapestry of stories, spotlighting each character’s arc, culminating in a holistic narrative experience.
Additionally, the sequel aims to dive deeper into the dynamics between the rulers of the Land of the Forgotten and the Land of the Remembered, namely Xibalba and La Muerte. Their relationship, already a central theme of the first movie, promises to offer even more layers and intrigue in the sequel.
“The Book of Life 2” remains one of the most keenly awaited sequels in the world of animation. While the timeline is still shrouded in mystery, what’s evident is Jorge Gutierrez’s commitment to quality and storytelling depth. Fans of the original can take comfort knowing that when “The Book of Life 2” makes its debut, it will continue the magic and splendor that won them over the first time around. Meanwhile, its release remains tantalizingly mysterious while offering up promises of folklore, love and adventure all at once!