Guillermo Del Toro’s slate just got a bit more crowded with the announcement today that he’s teaming with HBO on an adaptation of Monster, an 18-volume series of Japanese manga by author Naoki Urasawa.
Per Deadline, Del Toro will co-write the story with Steven Thompson, best known for his work on “Dr. Who” and “Sherlock.” Thompson will write the pilot, which del Toro intends to direct. Del Toro will be executive producer and Thompson co-executive producer with Angry Films partners Don Murphy and Susan Montford (with whom Del Toro has been working to turn the H.P. Lovecraft novella At the Mountains of Madness into a feature film) executive producing with Exile’s Gary Ungar. Monster publisher Shogakukan will be consulting producer.
The story revolves around a Japanese surgeon living in Germany whose life enters in turmoil after getting himself involved with Johan Liebert, one of his former patients who is revealed to be a dangerous psychopath.
The project was originally set at New Line but proved too sprawling to be confined to a feature film. Check out the manga’s synopsis below, and look for more soon.
Brilliant doctor Kenzo Tenma risks his reputation and promising career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy. Unbeknownst to him, this child is destined for a terrible fate. Conspiracies, serial murders, and a scathing depiction of the underbelly of hospital politics are all masterfully woven together in this compelling manga thriller.
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