Guillermo del Toro will soon be making his way to the small screen. The Pacific Rim director had once planned on adapting the Naoki Urasawa manga Monster as a feature film, but now it’s been announced it will become an HBO series instead.
This will be the first time HBO has tackled a manga, Deadline reports, but the network is no stranger to book adaptations. In fact, the cable network has had great success with fan favorites like Game of Thrones and True Blood in recent years, so it’s no surprise it wants to expand its gaze to other properties outside of its comfort zone. Having del Toro involved is an added bonus, as his creative vision will likely help develop Monster into an exciting and unique project.
Del Toro will co-write Monster with Doctor Who and Sherlock alum Steven Thompson; del Toro is set to direct the pilot. There are 18 volumes of the manga, so there’s plenty of material to pull from.
Deadline writes that Monster is “about the worldwide search by a young doctor for the most evil sociopath that has ever lived. He is a 12-year-old boy, and the doctor’s decision to save his life has unwittingly unleashed a Pandora’s Box that leaves the doc battling to stop a plot of mass genocide.”
The site also notes that Universal and del Toro are once again discussing the possibility of him making his passion project, At The Mountains of Madness. If Universal ends up passing again, del Toro might bring the movie to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures after he makes his next, Crimson Peak.