Guillermo del Toro will bring a Monster to HBO

Guillermo del Toro is taking the Japanese manga "Monster" to HBO with "Dr. Who" and "Sherlock" writer Steven Thompson. Letting del Toro loose in the wilds of HBO sounds like a great idea no matter what, but this story in particular - dealing with a doctor hunting down a serial killer whose life he saved years earlier - is quite juicy.

Originally written by Naoki Urasawa, here's what you can expect from "Monster":

What would you do if a child you saved grew up to be a monster? An ice-cold killer is on the loose, and Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Tenma, a brilliant neurosurgeon with a promising future, risks his career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy named Johan. When the boy, now a coldhearted and charismatic young man, reappears nine years later in the midst of a string of unusual serial murders, Tenma must go on the run from the police, who suspect him to be the killer, to find Johan and stop the monster he set loose upon the world.

Evidently, del Toro had attempted to set up "Monster" with New Line Cinema a while back, but the story was just too large. HBO provides a grand canvas for del Toro and Thompson to work with.

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.

Extra Tidbit: "Monster" was adapted as a 74-episode anime series, which aired on Japanese television from April 7, 2004 to September 28, 2005.
Source: Deadline



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