Some seriously appetite whetting news via Deadline: HBO have teamed up with none other than scare master extraordinaire, Guillermo Del Toro, to adapt Naoki Urasawa’s 18 volume manga series, Monster.
Urasawa’s story follows a brilliant young doctor, Kenzo Tenma, who risks his reputation, career and fiancee when he chooses to save the lives of two young twins, over treating a rich mayor. The survivors of a horrific massacre, the twins disappear soon after, leaving a murderous trail in their wake: a trail that Tenma picks up again in bloody fashion ten years later.
Previously adapted as a 74 episode anime on Japanese channel NTV in 2004/5, Del Toro’s original intention was to re-make Monster into a film for New Line, a plan that was scrapped when the project continued to grow to the point where it was no longer conceivable as feature length movie, leading him down the TV show route.
Del Toro will be sharing co-writer duties on the potential series with Stephen Thompson (of Dr Who, Sherlock fame) and is on board to direct the pilot episode himself. I have to admit, while I’m a huge fan of Del Toro and unfamiliar with this manga, it does sound more like your traditional crime, serial killer tale than his usual actual monster/creature fare (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim), which makes me curious to see how he handles this.