Guillermo del Toro shares his aspirations for Urasawa’s ‘Monster’

May 30, 2013 | 4:26 p.m.

When “Pacific Rim” reaches theaters July 12, it will be the first film from Guillermo del Toro as a director since 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” Of course, the writer-director has had a hand in numerous other projects and is involved in myriad ways in dozens more.

Near the top of his list, though, is an adaptation of Naoki Urasawa’s “Monster” manga series for HBO.

Speaking at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, Del Toro said he has submitted a pilot script for “Monster” and was waiting to hear from the cable network if the series would go forward.

“You cannot compress ‘Monster’ into a feature,” Del Toro said, of the project he is co-writing with “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” writer Steven Thompson. “‘Monster’ is almost like Chekhovian, it has all these little characters that are incredibly smart and delineated. Each of them has an arc and if you follow all of them, at the end of the last book you will be satisfied.”

To hear what else Del Toro had to say, watch the video above.

The Hero Complex Film Festival kicked off May 10 at the Chinese 6 Theatres with a John Carpenter double feature and feisty Q&A. Saturday afternoon brought a screening of “The Mist” and a discussion of that film’s shocking ending with writer-director Frank Darabont and surprise guest Thomas Jane.

The final day of the event closed with a featured screening of “Independence Day” and conversation with director Roland Emmerich, producer Dean Devlin, star Jeff Goldblum and effects wizard Volker Engel.

That was followed by a 20th anniversary tribute to “The X-Files” with creator Chris Carter and two of the series’ writers, Glen Morgan and Darin Morgan, and showings of three fan-picked episodes.

– Gina McIntyre

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7 Responses to Guillermo del Toro shares his aspirations for Urasawa’s ‘Monster’

  1. Alexander says:

    Awesome!!!!

  2. Jenna says:

    This could be fantastic. I'm "only" on episode 52, and I already like how everything's turned out. Being peppered with side-character-centric episodes can get frustrating, if only for pushing Tenma out of the picture for too long. (Seriously, what kind of show or book makes you giddy when the main character gets a cameo?)

    But the side characters are genuinely interesting, and many of them become important later. Johan is a haunting antagonist, even in situations that should be funny or nonthreatening. Dr. Tenma is on the opposite side of the spectrum, as one of the nicest people you'd ever hope to meet. I can't help but to root for him.

    This show is very, very smart. It treats its audience as mature and capable of having an attention span. It doesn't feel the need to throw in lots of action, and the action in there is more grave for it.

    It would be perfect for a live tv adaptation! Though I do hope they'll take the same discretion shot approaches. I'll definitely be a faithful follower of the show if it comes out.

    Good luck, Mr. Del Toro! Please persist in trying to get this made. It's a wonderful story.

  3. Jenna says:

    This could be fantastic. I'm "only" on episode 52, and I already like how everything's turned out. Being peppered with side-character-centric episodes can get frustrating, if only for pushing Tenma out of the picture for too long. (Seriously, what kind of show or book makes you giddy when the main character gets a cameo?)

  4. Jimmy says:

    I literally almost crap my pants listening to this.

  5. ivan says:

    oh my god this is wonderful i hope it actually plays out monster is an amazing anime and i hope good things are to come!

  6. Andrew says:

    I was cautiously pessimistic about this adaptation being anywhere near as good as the anime, but having seen this, I now trust Guillermo del Toro greatly.

  7. raitostory says:

    This would be fantastic to watch. If you have the right writers (and fortunately this year we have a lot of them) They could pull it off! Please let this happen!

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