THE heavyset man ran down the London street, panting, chasing the taxi. When it didn't stop, he hopped into another cab. "Follow that cab!" he yelled.
Guillermo del Toro wasn't directing this movie. He was living it. And it was turning into a horror tale.
The Mexican filmmaker keeps all of his ideas in leather notebooks. And Del Toro had just left four years of work in the back seat of a British cab.
Unlike in the movies, though, Del Toro couldn't catch the taxi. Visits to the police and the taxi company proved equally fruitless.
Del Toro's films -- "Chronos," "The Devil's Backbone," "Blade II," "Hellboy" -- typically feature magical realism. Fate was about to return the storytelling favor.