Guillermo del Toro always has so many projects on the go at the same time that sometimes it’s darn hard to keep up with all of them. The guy is a prolific writer with a wild imagination that must be in constant overdrive; there is no doubt about it. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that some of these projects fade away into the background. However, if you are an avid fan of del Toro, you will know that he never gives up on a project entirely, no matter how long it has remained dormant. And, this has been the case with his pet project A Killing On Carnival Row, which he has been sitting on for almost a decade now, and it looks like the long-gestating film has found new lease of life as a TV show.
THR has reported that the planned fantasy movie will be adapted into a series for Amazon, with original title abbreviated to Carnival Row. The original project was co-written with Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim), and Rene Echevarria (4400), piquing del Toro’s interest when he heard about the premise featuring “humans fairies and other creatures co-existing in a noir-ish, Victorian-tinged city“. Furthermore, the original script was based on “a detective investigating a serial killer who was preying on the mystical creatures, only to find he had become the prime suspect in the murders.”
The film was originally set for a 2005 release date at New Line Cinema with a script penned by Beacham and del Toro attached to direct the feature-length fantasy/horror/mystery. Thusly, after del Toro dropped out of directing the film due to other filming commitments, Neil Jordan (Byzantium) and Tarsem Singh (The Cell) stepped in at various points, but both directors also backed out of the project and the studio destined it to developmental hell after they shelved the project in 2011. Now that Carnival Row is being adapted for TV (almost a decade later), del Toro will be directing the pilot and he will serve as executive producer also (probably in a similar vein to his involvement with the FX thriller The Strain). Legendary (Pacific Rim), secured the script for del Toro and will produce alongside Amazon.
It’s worth noting that this news comes off the back of Amazon’s decision to cancel Chris Carters The After for a full series, Carnival Row will make for a nice change amongst the current array of critically acclaimed shows such as Transparent and Mozart In The Jungle, marking Amazon’s first time tapping into the dark horror/fantasy genre. The pilot will film in spring once del Toro has finished post-production on Crimson Peak and before he jumps back into his Jaeger suit to helm Pacific Rim 2.
Via – Blastr