Among the images includes early looks at Pacific Rim (above), The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy and its sequel, and Blade II. It also includes sketches from the unmade H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, At the Mountain’s of Madness.
The sketchbooks are so important to del Toro that he includes his contact information on each one’s cover page with the offer of a $5,000 reward to return it to him if found.
The reason he does that now is because the sketchbook he used for four year’s worth of ideas for Pan’s Labyrinth was nearly flushed away (and the movie along with it) after it went missing when he accidentally left it in the back of a London cab. Luckily, the cab driver returned it to the director’s hotel two days later.
Del Toro, who at the time wasn’t even sure he’d actually make Pan’s Labyrinth, took the cabbie’s benevolent act as a sign, and dedicated himself to turning those ideas into a movie. Thank goodness, too, because it’s easily one of the best movies this decade or any, for that matter.