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HBO is in Talks with Guillermo Del Toro to Adapt Monster into TV Series

by Xinil
Apr 24, 2013 10:46 PM | 261 Comments
Deadline Hollywood has reported that HBO is in talks with Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) to develop a TV series based on the manga Monster.

Del Toro will be co-writing with Stephen Thompson (best known for his writing on Doctor Who and Sherlock.) The project was originally planned for a feature film, but proved too complicated to fit into a normal feature-length time frame. Del Toro was eventually able to convince Naoki Urasawa, the author of Monster, to talk to HBO about a TV series instead.

Source: Deadline

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One of the few anime that would make a decent Western live action. Would be nice if this went through.

Nov 11, 2013 12:57 PM by NiN10d0h

We someone blonde, pretty(Enough to be a girl), and who can act emotionlessly awesome, someone with Johan's SOUL

Benedict Cumberbatch with Blonde hair?

Nov 11, 2013 12:55 PM by GodlyKyon

mjjfan10 said:
jimbob1141 said:
Another great thing about this is that if it does go ahead, and is popular, which i am very sure it will be, we will most likely see the monster manga be printed again.

And maybe Viz will finish the DVD release.


That would be awesome indeed.

Nov 11, 2013 9:35 AM by Pullman

WalkingMisery said:
Ever seen Don't Be Afraid of the Dark? Yeah, not excited about this.
Zeppen said:
I'm kind of excited for this. I hope this will turn out good (and successful).


Pfff.

I really WISH it would be a Breaking Bad tier series, but I know it probably won't. Though filming the gun guy and the girl and a bunch of other characters would be MUCH easier comparatively to other series.

Nov 11, 2013 7:42 AM by GodlyKyon

I'm kind of excited for this. I hope this will turn out good (and successful).

Nov 10, 2013 9:31 PM by Zeppen

Ever seen Don't Be Afraid of the Dark? Yeah, not excited about this.

Nov 10, 2013 9:27 PM by WalkingMisery

Kipcha said:
GodlyKyon said:
Kipcha said:
CtrlShiftC said:
GodlyKyon said:


Didn't watch the Anime, but seems like Johan is mostly emotionlessly smiling and very calm, not very hard to act.


But that emotionless act of Johan's is hard. I mean, it's in the eyes, the smile, the voice and the way he carries himself. I know you didn't watch the anime, and that is why I was sugesting you check the ep 29. It's the one where Johan makes the detective Richard Braun commit suicide. A good ep to watch Johan at work, with sound to make it even better (another reason why I sugested the eng dub, cause by the end I can't take my eyes away from it).

My opinion at least.


Exactly, Johan is going to be nowhere near "easy" to act. That scene gives me chills and shows just what an amazing character Johan really is, the show will truly be riding on them finding a good actor for him.
In my opinion, Leonard Dicapricio in Titanic would've been PERFECT for his role, or...


http://thinkingparticle.com/images/leonardo-dicaprio-tiger-conservation.jpg

Nov 10, 2013 9:23 PM by GodlyKyon

GodlyKyon said:
Kipcha said:
CtrlShiftC said:
GodlyKyon said:


Didn't watch the Anime, but seems like Johan is mostly emotionlessly smiling and very calm, not very hard to act.


But that emotionless act of Johan's is hard. I mean, it's in the eyes, the smile, the voice and the way he carries himself. I know you didn't watch the anime, and that is why I was sugesting you check the ep 29. It's the one where Johan makes the detective Richard Braun commit suicide. A good ep to watch Johan at work, with sound to make it even better (another reason why I sugested the eng dub, cause by the end I can't take my eyes away from it).

My opinion at least.


Exactly, Johan is going to be nowhere near "easy" to act. That scene gives me chills and shows just what an amazing character Johan really is, the show will truly be riding on them finding a good actor for him.
In my opinion, Leonard Dicapricio in Titanic would've been PERFECT for his role, or...


Nov 10, 2013 9:17 PM by Kipcha

Kipcha said:
CtrlShiftC said:
GodlyKyon said:


Didn't watch the Anime, but seems like Johan is mostly emotionlessly smiling and very calm, not very hard to act.


But that emotionless act of Johan's is hard. I mean, it's in the eyes, the smile, the voice and the way he carries himself. I know you didn't watch the anime, and that is why I was sugesting you check the ep 29. It's the one where Johan makes the detective Richard Braun commit suicide. A good ep to watch Johan at work, with sound to make it even better (another reason why I sugested the eng dub, cause by the end I can't take my eyes away from it).

My opinion at least.


Exactly, Johan is going to be nowhere near "easy" to act. That scene gives me chills and shows just what an amazing character Johan really is, the show will truly be riding on them finding a good actor for him.
In my opinion, Leonard Dicapricio in Titanic would've been PERFECT for his role, or...

Nov 10, 2013 9:06 PM by GodlyKyon

CtrlShiftC said:
GodlyKyon said:


Didn't watch the Anime, but seems like Johan is mostly emotionlessly smiling and very calm, not very hard to act.


But that emotionless act of Johan's is hard. I mean, it's in the eyes, the smile, the voice and the way he carries himself. I know you didn't watch the anime, and that is why I was sugesting you check the ep 29. It's the one where Johan makes the detective Richard Braun commit suicide. A good ep to watch Johan at work, with sound to make it even better (another reason why I sugested the eng dub, cause by the end I can't take my eyes away from it).

My opinion at least.


Exactly, Johan is going to be nowhere near "easy" to act. That scene gives me chills and shows just what an amazing character Johan really is, the show will truly be riding on them finding a good actor for him.

Aug 27, 2013 11:30 PM by Kipcha

So has a release date been confirmed yet? Or is this still years in production?

Aug 27, 2013 9:56 PM by Grouchio

GodlyKyon said:


Didn't watch the Anime, but seems like Johan is mostly emotionlessly smiling and very calm, not very hard to act.


But that emotionless act of Johan's is hard. I mean, it's in the eyes, the smile, the voice and the way he carries himself. I know you didn't watch the anime, and that is why I was sugesting you check the ep 29. It's the one where Johan makes the detective Richard Braun commit suicide. A good ep to watch Johan at work, with sound to make it even better (another reason why I sugested the eng dub, cause by the end I can't take my eyes away from it).

My opinion at least.

Aug 25, 2013 1:31 PM by CtrlShiftC

Fai said:
GodlyKyon said:
Spooky_Sez said:
I don't know why people are so adamant that this will ruin Monster. Del Toro has said that before Urasawa Naoki would sign off on the show he wanted to see the layout for the whole first season. Which Del Toro wrote, and Urasawa approved of, so how could it suck?

It's all in this video (3 mins or so)- http://twitchfilm.com/2013/06/guillermo-del-toro-talks-about-his-adaptation-of-urasawas-monster.html


Thats because people don't read. You are completely right about Urasawa getting the approval of the show.


Its also reverse-xenophobia. "westerners touched it now it will suck".

Never mind that Del Toro made freaking Pacific Rim - pretty much a love-letter to japanese anime culture


Never saw the show, it still looks bad to me.

But yeah... The assumption that Just becuz it's made by hollywood = its bad is a stupid thought. Japan makes PLENTY of bad Live Actions. Though that's probably due to the transition from 2D to 3D. However, Monster is fairly realistic and involves Caucasians as the majority of the cast, so that would work out PERFECTLY instead of using Japanese actors(You cannot imagine how many times I banged my head when Thermae Romae was acted by Japanese actors)

CtrlShiftC said:
GodlyKyon said:

Actually, Johan doesn't have to act all that much, since most of his screen shots are just flashes of him giving his signature smile.

S yeah... If he's used to doing smiles, hes pretty much set for this role!

St is, if I am right, I am on chalter 100 or so, then stopped, so d no too mu


Mmh, I don't have that idea. The manga can be a bit deceiving, since it's image oriented. Go check the ep 29 from the anime. It's one of my favourites and has a lot of Johan (probably better to see in english dub since that is what most likely awaits us with the adaptation).

@Fai - Couldn't agree more.


Didn't watch the Anime, but seems like Johan is mostly emotionlessly smiling and very calm, not very hard to act.

Aug 25, 2013 12:43 PM by GodlyKyon

jimbob1141 said:
Another great thing about this is that if it does go ahead, and is popular, which i am very sure it will be, we will most likely see the monster manga be printed again.

And maybe Viz will finish the DVD release.

Aug 25, 2013 12:02 PM by mjjfan10

GodlyKyon said:

Actually, Johan doesn't have to act all that much, since most of his screen shots are just flashes of him giving his signature smile.

S yeah... If he's used to doing smiles, hes pretty much set for this role!

St is, if I am right, I am on chalter 100 or so, then stopped, so d no too mu


Mmh, I don't have that idea. The manga can be a bit deceiving, since it's image oriented. Go check the ep 29 from the anime. It's one of my favourites and has a lot of Johan (probably better to see in english dub since that is what most likely awaits us with the adaptation).

@Fai - Couldn't agree more.

Aug 25, 2013 7:32 AM by CtrlShiftC

GodlyKyon said:
Spooky_Sez said:
I don't know why people are so adamant that this will ruin Monster. Del Toro has said that before Urasawa Naoki would sign off on the show he wanted to see the layout for the whole first season. Which Del Toro wrote, and Urasawa approved of, so how could it suck?

It's all in this video (3 mins or so)- http://twitchfilm.com/2013/06/guillermo-del-toro-talks-about-his-adaptation-of-urasawas-monster.html


Thats because people don't read. You are completely right about Urasawa getting the approval of the show.


Its also reverse-xenophobia. "westerners touched it now it will suck".

Never mind that Del Toro made freaking Pacific Rim - pretty much a love-letter to japanese anime culture

Aug 25, 2013 7:26 AM by Fai

Spooky_Sez said:
I don't know why people are so adamant that this will ruin Monster. Del Toro has said that before Urasawa Naoki would sign off on the show he wanted to see the layout for the whole first season. Which Del Toro wrote, and Urasawa approved of, so how could it suck?

It's all in this video (3 mins or so)- http://twitchfilm.com/2013/06/guillermo-del-toro-talks-about-his-adaptation-of-urasawas-monster.html


Thats because people don't read. You are completely right about Urasawa getting the approval of the show.

Aug 25, 2013 7:08 AM by GodlyKyon

Well....this should be interesting.

Aug 25, 2013 4:48 AM by Tyestor

I don't know why people are so adamant that this will ruin Monster. Del Toro has said that before Urasawa Naoki would sign off on the show he wanted to see the layout for the whole first season. Which Del Toro wrote, and Urasawa approved of, so how could it suck?

It's all in this video (3 mins or so)- http://twitchfilm.com/2013/06/guillermo-del-toro-talks-about-his-adaptation-of-urasawas-monster.html

Aug 25, 2013 4:47 AM by SpookyWasabi

Do not want, ruining great Manga is not a fun thing to see.

Aug 25, 2013 12:05 AM by Lucumo

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