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Guillermo del Toro adapting MONSTER for Television
« on: April 25, 2013, 10:10:20 AM »
I've actually never heard of MONSTER but apparently its a very revered manga series.

Anyway, GDT, who is currently doing about a billion projects from producing, writing, directing, and cooking breakfast at IHOP is trying to bring it to HBO.

http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/173593-guillermo-del-toro-brings-monster-to-hbo

Who knows if it will happen... but there you have it.
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Re: Guillermo del Toro adapting MONSTER for Television
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2013, 10:15:58 AM »
As long as they get some good writers and some good actors, sounds great.


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Re: Guillermo del Toro adapting MONSTER for Television
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2013, 05:13:40 PM »
I!  FUCKING! LOVE! MONSTER!

But I should warn Henry88: there are no LITERAL monsters in this.  It's about a messianic serial killer.  Think the Following, but MUCH better.  Actually, it has more in common with The Fugitive, in that it is about a man on the run trying to find a serial killer that nobody seems to believe exists.

There was a while where they were talking about a movie or series of movies, but I think a series would serve the work better.  They better actually film in Germany though (which I bet isn't all that expensive) and it will need to take place in 1996 since I think a lot of the stories would be effected by the 16 year gap between when the series came out and now, since it ties in heavily to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fallout from that (especially since the main villain is relatively young).  I'm not saying that they need to be true to everything (I imagine it would be really hard to adapt the aspect where the brother and sister twins look almost identical) but I think the setting really informs the story.  And the comic and animated series shows how beautiful Germany can be.

Now here's a question: who should play Dr. Tenma?  There are a couple Asian actors who would be good for the role, but I don't know if they can do the haggard, tough Tenma we see later on.  Oh, and BKA Inspector Lunge.  Now there's an awesome part for any character actor (think Moffat's Sherlock meets Tommy Lee Jones' character from The Fugitive).

I also think this show could in some ways be a breath of fresh air.  Though it goes to dark places, I think that as bad as things get in a Naoki Urasawa thriller, the outlook is usually optimistic and humanistic.  After so many popular shows about anti-heroes (which, admittedly, are often great), it would be nice to see a hopeful hero who promises "tomorrow will be a good day" (it sound less trite in context).  And seeing that a Doctor Who/Sherlock writer will be working on it makes me hopeful on that front.

I also recommend the 74 episode anime, which is pretty amazing.  In fact, it's a shame they didn't make an anime for 20th Century Boys or Pluto.

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Re: Guillermo del Toro adapting MONSTER for Television
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2013, 06:46:51 PM »
i have seen the anime on syfy many years ago.
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Re: Guillermo del Toro adapting MONSTER for Television
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2013, 10:27:06 PM »
So you've seen it but you've never heard of it?  That's deep, man.


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Re: Guillermo del Toro adapting MONSTER for Television
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2013, 03:33:52 AM »
Man, I feel that I'm going to pull a Henry 88 and post every little thing on this years before it comes out.  Sounds like their going the Game of Thrones route of faithfulness with this one.

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Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim) updated fans on the status of his Monster television plans at the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Festival this weekend. Del Toro submitted the pilot script to the HBO network last week.

The director said that the planned series will follow Naoki Urasawa's original manga very closely. Urasawa would only give permission for the adaptation if he could review an outline of each episode of the first season. The series would cover the 18-volume manga's story only, with no extra content to increase episode count.

According to the Deadline website, this is the plot of the HBO version:

The thriller 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.

Del Toro and Steven Thompson (Dr. Who, Sherlock) wrote the pilot that del Toro will direct if the project moves forward. Angry Films' Don Murphy (live-action Transformers) and Susan Montford are executive producers along with del Toro. Thompson will serve as a co-executive producer, and Shogakukan — the publisher of the original manga — will be a consulting producer.


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Re: Guillermo del Toro adapting MONSTER for Television
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2013, 02:30:04 PM »
Serial killer? who fucking cares. Yawn.

How about an alien serial killer who murders people with lasers and/or magic?


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Re: Guillermo del Toro adapting MONSTER for Television
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2013, 02:36:10 PM »
Or a Cereal Killer?

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Re: Guillermo del Toro adapting MONSTER for Television
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2013, 02:38:26 PM »
Serial killer? who fucking cares. Yawn.

How about an alien serial killer who murders people with lasers and/or magic?
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