del Toro and HBO create a Manga “MONSTER”
The PAN’S LABYRINTH director is teaming with Steven Thompson (writer, SHERLOCK and DR. WHO) and HBO on bringing Naoki Urasawa’s Manga, MONSTER to premium cable.
Sprawling 18 volumes, MONSTER sees a doctor’s decision to save a 12 year-old boy’s life become cataclysmic. The child is destined for something terrible and as the description notes, “conspiracies, serial murders, and a scathing depiction of the underbelly of hospital politics” follow.
The intent is for Guillermo del Toro to helm the pilot, much like Eli Roth just did with Netflix series HEMLOCK GROVE. New Line Cinema attempted to adapt the books, which apparently proved too difficult to contain to a feature film. This will be the second TV series based on MONSTER, as a Japan-produced Anime was the first. [Deadline]