HBO No Longer Involved With Guillermo del Toro Manga Adaptation


To borrow a line from an old U2 song, Guillermo del Toro moves in mysterious ways. The director was going to do a sequel to Pacific Rim, but now he’s not … probably. He was a part of the video game Silent Hills, and now he’s not, and he said he might not do any video games ever again.

He was also going to do a live action adaptation of Naoki Urasawa’s manga series Monster for HBO. True to form, he told Latino-Review that the series won’t head to HBO after all, though it may still surface somewhere else. Got all that?

Lest you think that this is another del Toro project that will disappear into the ether, he did say that some writing for the series was already complete and that he expected another outlet for it to materialize in 2016. The original plan was for del Toro to direct some episodes of the show as well, but we’ll have to wait and see if that is still in the cards.

Monster is a suspense tale about a doctor who discovers that a former patient is really a dangerous killer. It was published in Japan in 18 volumes between 1994 and 2001, and like many popular manga properties, it was turned into a 74-episode anime series that has aired on several outlets in the U.S.

The property has also been optioned for a possible Hollywood movie, though it’s been stuck in development hell for years now. It’ll be interesting to see if it does, in fact, make it to the small screen, though with del Toro’s mercurial ways, it’s probably not wise to bet on it.

(via Anime News Network)