Guillermo del Toro Developing CARNIVAL ROW Series for Amazon
Back in 2005, Guillermo del Toro was looking to direct a film based on a script written by his Pacific Rim co-writer Travis Beacham called A Killing on Carnival Row. Like many of Del Toro's past projects, it kind of fell by the wayside. But, the project is being resurrected, and the director is developing it as a series for Amazon called Carnival Row.
The story follows a detective who "investigates a series of murders in a city where faeries and other mythical creatures co-exist with humans." Legendary Pictures ended up acquiring the property for the filmmaker, and now he's set to co-write the pilot with Beacham and Rene Echevarria (Terra Nova). Here's a description of the story from back in 2011:
The story takes place in a city named the Burgue, which exists in the future, but is a bit like 18th century London. Humans live side-by-side with other creatures, and a killer stalks the streets of a neighborhood called Carnival Row inhabited by faeries working in brothels. The murderer is killing faeries, cutting off their wings and leaving telltale puncture wounds in their necks.
Del Toro had this to say:
“We tried to do it for so long as a film that the rights reverted back to Travis as a basic story. And I’ve always talked about it to anyone that would listen. We always had too many ideas to fit into the feature. We can now really focus on the world and the politics of what it is to be a magical being in Victorian steampunk atmosphere where you are seen as a lesser being.”
Del Toro is also expected to direct the Amazon pilot before he jumps into Pacific Rim 2, which is scheduled to be released on April 7th, 2017. His next film, Crimson Peak, will be released by Warner Bros. on October 16th of this year. I love the stuff that this guy creates, and I'm sure that Carnival Row will turn out to be something that his fans will enjoy.
Via: Heat Vision