Famed director/producer, Guillermo del Toro will be bringing his talents to the unfiltered television playground of HBO to develop a potential new series based on a heralded Japanese manga series called Monster.
Created by Naoki Urasawa, the 18 volume Monster manga published between 1994-1991 would also spawn a 2004-2005 anime series. The story follows a young doctor who saves the life of a 12 year-old boy from a gunshot wound to the head; a seemingly benevolent act that will ultimately yield dire consequences. Years later, it would be discovered that the very same child has grown up to be a homicidal megalomaniac with grand ambitions to single-handedly bring about a new level of mass genocide. As things progress through various twists and turns, it becomes apparent that the child, who is the story's titular "monster," was actually born in a eugenics experiment along with his more benign twin sister to create the ultimate, unyielding ruthless soldier. The story's dominant theme debates whether this level of evil could actually be created or if it was a byproduct of the person's experiences. Thus, it, blends elements of science fiction and philosophy into a dramatic backdrop centering on the age-old "nature vs. nurture" debate.
For Del Toro, the process of getting this adaptation (originally pitched as a feature film,) to the point of feasibility was apparently a long process with not only the original creator, Urasawa, but with studio, New Line, who came to the conclusion that the ambitious project was far too heavy to be contained within a movie. However, it seems that an interested HBO, who, as evidenced by the success of Game of Thrones, seems to be expanding its genre palettes, was able to provide the perfect platform to adapt this sprawling series. Now, Del Toro serves as executive producer and will also co-write the inaugural story with Doctor Who and Sherlock writer, Steven Thompson.
No timeframe has been revealed regarding the debut of Monster. (Or, for that matter, if the show will even keep that name.) It's certainly yet another large item placed on Del Toro's plate, as he currently deals with a plethora of projects like this summer's launch of his "giant robots vs. monsters" directorial effort, Pacific Rim, ghostly drama, Crimson Peak, and possibly running the still-stagnant TV adaptation of The Incredible Hulk.