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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