Guillermo del Toro to Adapt Naoki Urasawa’s “Monster” for HBO


Director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim) is planning to adapt the critically acclaimed manga “Monster” for HBO. According to, Del Toro is working to adapt the 18 volume manga written by Naoki Urasawa alongside Steven Thompson. Thompson is best known for his work on Dr. Who and Sherlock. Thompson and del Toro are co-writing the pilot, while del Toro intends to direct it. Del Toro will serve as executive producer and Thompson will be co-executive producer. Also serving as executive producers are Gary Ungar, Don Murphy and Susan Montford. Murphy and Montford both collaborated with del Toro on his attempt to adapt HP Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness.”


Promotional image for the anime adaptation

Deadline describes the series as:

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.

It is unknown at this point whether the series will differ from the manga in some regards, such as the protagonist being Japanese or the post Cold-War German setting. Del Toro has been courting creator Urasawa on the idea for some time. A previous attempt to adapt the series was made by New Line, who found the content to be too expansive to be condensed into films.

The manga was previously adapted as a critically acclaimed anime series by Madhouse. Both the manga and the anime are currently licensed and available through Viz Media for an English release.

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