Guillermo Del Toro Talks About His Adaptation Of Urasawa's MONSTER

Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro has been busy working with HBO to bring an adaptation of Urasawa Naoki's acclaimed Monster manga series to the small screen. Speaking at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, the Mexican filmmaker revealed that he has already submitted a pilot script, which is "fantastic" and "respectful", and is waiting for HBO's decision on whether the production is to go ahead.  

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 doctor battling to stop a plot of mass genocide.

Embedded below is the clip of Del Toro discussing Monster and its adaptation, in which he talks about his interactions with Urasawa and his love of the manga. 
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  • Dandave Javier

    i trust Del Toro on this one. Monster is one of my favorites!

  • Flo

    Is there any information yet on the "respectful" location/setting of this potential HBO adaption? Would it still take place in Germany (and a few other european countries, yes I know), or will they just be extra cheap and shift the whole thing to the US? Personally I would be absolutely gutted if they'd do something like that to Monster. So to better be safe than sorry, I have to agree to moneenerd: Please leave this alone! Thank you.

  • fetchfox

    I'm currently watching the anime, so this is interesting. I love Del Toros work, and I hope he does the story justice. I'd hate to see this become some americanized shitfest. After watching the video I hope that he remains the creative force behind the series as he seems true to Urusawas vision.
    And just to add, everyone should read 20th Century Boys. It wasn't aware that it was the same creator, and I loved 20th CB. The writing, pace and storytelling in Monster makes a lot more sense now.

  • Beepbep

    But.....didn't it already have a TV adaption?

  • pootietang

    I'm in. If anyone cal pull off the adaptation it's Del Toro, and if any network will work together with him to do the manga justice, it's HBO.
    My hopes are up, don't blow it!

  • Joe Foolio

    At first I wasn't too keen on the idea, but that clip has turned me around. The story behind Monster is pretty sweet and I think if they do this well it could easily be better than the anime version.

  • moneenerd

    Goddammit no. Just leave it alone.

  • If HBO does not do this or if it messes with it in any way, I will never forgive them. They have some huge names on this and one of the most amazing, detailed and exciting stories to tell. They better do this and do it with respect. Such a work deserves the best treatment possible.

    I'm very excited about this. Cautiously so, since I know business is cruel and tends to ruin everything it touches, but I just can't help but be excited about it due to the people working on it and the source material. The potential is big.

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