Guillermo Del Toro And HBO To Turn Urasawa's Manga MONSTER Into A Series!

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Ooh. This is compelling. Guillermo del Toro and HBO will be working together to bring Urasawa Naoki's manga Monster to the small screen. Given HBO's success with series as of late (Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire), one would think anything was possible at this point. The manga was already adapted into an anime series by Madhouse back between 2004 and 2005.

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.

I don't know how a 12-year-old child has the wherewithal to plan mass genocide, let alone stay out of sight long enough to plan such a deed, but that kid has to be one mean sonuavbitch. In the manga, the 'monster' returns nine years later and is a grown man carrying out his evil plan. I guess a child is scarier.

Del Toro will work with Dr. Who and Sherlock scribe Steven Thompson to develop the pilot; Thompson will write and del Toro will direct. If the series is a go, they will take on producer roles for the series.

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  • yuwono sigit

    this would be awesome...I wonder if Urasawa Naoki will be involved in the production, cos he's such a very good storyteller.

  • moi

    "I don't know how a 12-year-old child has the wherewithal to plan mass
    genocide, let alone stay out of sight long enough to plan such a deed..."

    Johan is a kid when he's shot and operated on my Tenma. His serial killing days (and the majority of the series) take place years later, when he's in his 20s.

  • Art Vandelay

    Holy crap, This is amazing! I've always felt this series could make the jump to live action without skipping a beat. The only problem is Johan isn't a child. I'm hoping they just forgot to mention the ten year time jump. A child running a global conspiracy just seems silly. Still really exciting though.

  • Juan

    The only way this would be better is if Pluto was made into a movie(s).

  • ikilledbambi

    saw the anime and loved it . but i think nowadays when series are so popular and succesful, it wont be a really big hit . maybe 10 years ago yes...

  • Kasahari

    If it's good, it will be a hit. A Song of Ice and Fire was released in early nineties, who would've thought that 20 years later it becomes Game of Thrones?

  • Michaelb

    Sign me up!

    I love that Guillermo has enough clout now where we can back some really cool stuff. Pacific Rim looks like "big dumb fun" done right, and quite honestly I'm glad he never ended up doing the Hobbit films.

    This has two great artists involved (Del Toro and Thompson) that I'd be shocked if it ended up being lousy.

    Great manga.

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  • bob

    I've watched the anime. Pretty interesting.

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