Guillermo Del Toro Developing Manga/Anime "Monster" for HBO

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Ho-ly shit. I am nearly done with the anime and this is fucking genius. One of the best suspense thrillers I've ever seen in any medium.

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Guillermo Del Toro Is Hatching A ‘Monster’ Of A Series At HBO




EXCLUSIVE: HBO andGuillermo del Toro are teaming on Monster, developing a potential series culled from a series of 18 volumes of Japanese Manga by author Naoki Urasawa published by Shogakukan Inc. Del Toro will co-write the story with Steven Thompson, best known for his work on Dr. Who andSherlock. Thompson will write the pilot, which del Toro intends to direct. The thriller is about the worldwide search by a young doctor for the most evil sociopath that has ever lived. He is a 12-year-old boy, and the doctor’s decision to save his life has unwittingly unleashed a Pandora’s Box that leaves the doc battling to stop a plot of mass genocide. This is certainly a departure for HBO, entering the Manga game, but for del Toro and Thompson, it allows them an incredible sandbox to play in. Del Toro will be executive producer and Thompson co-executive producer, with Angry Films’ partners Don Murphy and Susan Montford executive producing with Exile’s Gary Ungar. Shogakukan will be consulting producer.



This project was originally set at New Line, but proved too sprawling to confined to a feature film. It took del Toro a long time to woo creator Urasawa into being comfortable with Hollywood again, which sounds a lot like the process that D.B. Weiss and David Benioff went through with George R.R. Martin before they could get Game Of Thrones off the ground at HBO.



Speaking of that,Monster reunites del Toro with Murphy and Montford, his accomplices in the attempt to turn the H.P. Lovecraft novella At The Mountains Of Madnessinto a feature film. That ended with Universal getting very close to production — with del Toro directing and Tom Cruise ready to star — only to call a halt because del Toro would not budge on the possibility that the film might come in with an R rating. Well, I believe the filmmaker has again raised the issue with Universal, after that studio just had a global hit with Cruise in the sci-fi film Oblivion. Now, the R rating might again be a sticking point, but this becomes even more tantalizing if del Toro’s upcoming film Pacific Rim is as big as people suspect it will be this summer for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures. Those parties are said to be interested if Universal brass is still uncomfortable making a $150 million R-rated 3D movie. Del Toro wouldn’t be able to make it until after he directs his ghost story Crimson Peak, but it seems inevitable. It would be nice to see such a creative filmmaker get to make his passion project. Del Toro is repped by WME and Exile.
 

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The only bad thing about Guillermo Del Toro is that there is only one of him.

He has so many amazing projects that will never get made. I've read a bunch of scripts to movies that he has been attached to and it makes me sad that he'll likely not make them.

I can't fucking wait for PACIFIC RIM. If anyone can make a great movie out of such a retarded concept it's him.
 

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The only bad thing about Guillermo Del Toro is that there is only one of him.

He has so many amazing projects that will never get made. I've read a bunch of scripts to movies that he has been attached to and it makes me sad that he'll likely not make them.

I can't fucking wait for PACIFIC RIM. If anyone can make a great movie out of such a retarded concept it's him.
Seems like he'll only direct the pilot and then serve as exec producer. And I can't wait for Pacific Rim as well, and I don't think it's a retarded concept at all. Giant mecha vs. Giant monster? That's just plain awesome.
 

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It is an awesome idea but you can imagine a truly retarded movie being made from it if it was directed by anyone else but Del Toro.

I'm still gutted he never got to make THE HOBBIT. I imagine it would have been a much tighter movie had he done it because he was definitely only going to do two movies.
 

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I suppose I should get around to reading the manga. I watched a bit of the anime but never got into it.
 

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I suppose I should get around to reading the manga. I watched a bit of the anime but never got into it.
Takes a while to get going, but once it does... Oh man. I'm 5 away from the end right now and this thing is a tour de force. I find myself in awe of each episode in itself. The writing is just superb. I started watching it back when it was new but it wasn't the kind of anime I was watching. You gotta think of this more like an HBO drama (which is why I think it'll work well as one).
 

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I remember Guillermo was also making a video game. I assume it was cancelled because its been probably a couple of years since I've heard about it.

Seems like he'll only direct the pilot and then serve as exec producer.
Did you guys know that whoever directs the pilot episode of a show gets royalties from every episode after that, regardless of whether they direct them or not. That's why there are so many top Hollywood directors who do pilots. If the show goes on and does well it's free money for them.