Guillermo del Toro is turning once again to the long-discussed fantasy project A Killing on Carnival Row, only this time as a planned television series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon Studios has ordered three episodes of the Legendary Pictures-produced series, with del Toro directing the pilot, which he wrote with his Pacific Rim collaborator Travis Beacham and 4400 co-creator Rene Echevarria. All three will executive produce, with Echevarria serving as showrunner.
Now called simply Carnival Row, the project began as a feature spec by Beacham that was picked up in 2005 by New Line, with del Toro attached to direct. He ultimately left the film, which then passed from director to director -- including Neil Jordan and Tarsem Singh -- and studio to studio, but never went into production. Legendary finally bought the script last year for del Toro.
The story is set in The Burgue, a futuristic yet Victorian-like setting that's inhabited by humans, fairies and other creatures alike. The original script centered a detective investigating a serial killer who preys on mystical creatures, only to discover he's become a prime suspect.
Deadline reports Amazon has ordered three scripts of Carnival Row, which, because of its expense, will likely go straight to series, skipping the pilot process.