Director Guillermo del Toro is all set to unleash monsters versus robots on the big screen this summer with "Pacific Rim," but now it appears he and HBO are teaming to bring another sort of monster to the small screen as well.
The "Hellboy" director is adapting the 18 volume manga series "Monster" into a series for the premium network. The comic series, from author and illustrator Naoki Urasawa, centers on a young doctor's worldwide search for the most evil sociopath that has ever lived: a 12 year old boy. The doctor regrets saving the young boy's life after he learns that his decision could lead to a wide ranging plot of mass genocide.
The project was initially set up as a feature film development at New Line, however condensing the extensive story down to two hours proved to be too difficult a task. Deadline reports that "Monster" has been a pet project for the director, who spent some time attempting to win over creator Urasawa and warming him to the idea of a Hollywood-ized adaptation of his award-winning book series.
Del Toro will co-write the adaptation with Steve Thompson, a writer whose work is familiar to fans of the BBC's "Doctor Who" and "Sherlock." Additionally, del Toro will also helm the pilot episode that will launch the series. Both Thompson and del Toro will serve as executive producers on the series.