When you have just won an Oscar… sorry, TWO Oscars… I can only imagine that you must feel like a million bucks. You must feel like the world is your creative oyster. That… whatever you may want to create now should get a guaranteed green light! At least, that is what we can hope for Academy Award winning director, Guillermo Del Toro who took home two Oscars on Sunday (Best Director and Best Picture) for his film The Shape of Water. Del Toro now has all eyes on him as the world and fans are wondering what he is going to get his hands on next. If anyone was wondering, let’s help this man get his live adaptation of Monster off the ground!
Monster is a horror-thriller manga penned by Naoki Urasawa which focuses on a brain surgeon who gets painted as a killer when in actuality the truth is far more sinister and involves brain washing and much worse. Del Toro, who is a longtime fan of the series, has attempted several times to get his live action vision of the manga realized. HBO wound up passing on the project when it came across their desk. To which I find very odd as the story alone seems like an HBO style story. I think it would have fit beautifully, but what do I know, right?
During an interview a few years ago, Del Toro had confirmed Monster had been passed by HBO. “No, it’s out of HBO, and now we’re going to take it to other places but it’s not active active until we pitch it,” del Toro said. “We are going to other companies to pitch it and see if anyone wants to do it. We finished writing a couple of the episodes, and so we have a sampler. We’re going to go and see what happens with that, but very likely that will happen somewhere next year.”
The sad thing about this story is that this statement was three years ago and nothing has happened since then. I mean, not nothing as he clearly worked on his Academy Award winning film, but in terms of Monster, that tree has bore no fruit. After New Line Cinema purchased the rights to the film for an initial 2009 project, we were expecting a possible 2013 release. Sadly, the live adaptation has been in development limbo like its anime cousin, Akira. With Del Toro being an Oscar winner though, MAYbe, studios will be more open to his idea? Who knows?
What do you think about Del Toro bringing some anime to life? I personally think he would be a great fit for this specific manga as he is no slouch in the horror thriller realm having worked with author Chuck Hogan on the Strain series of novels. Sound off on the comments and let me know what you think!