Guillermo del Toro’s Carnival Row is coming to TV

Guillermo del Toro’s pet project Carnival Row has finally found home as a TV series

Guillermo del Toro HellboyGuillermo del Toro has been talking about his pet project A Killing On Carnival Row for years, and now it looks like the long-gestating film has found a new life as a TV show.

THR reports that the fantasy movie will be adapted into a series for Amazon, with an abbreviated title: Carnival Row.

Co-written with Pacific Rim scribe Travis Beacham and Rene Echevarria, Carnival Row “is set in a noir, Victorian-tinged city where humans, fairies and other creatures co-exist. The original script told of a detective investigating a serial killer who is preying on mystical creatures, only to find that he has become the prime suspect in the murders.”

The original film script was written by Beacham and del Toro was attached to direct back in 2005. He eventually dropped out, followed by Neil Jordan and Tarsem Singh. Del Toro will direct the pilot and executive produce the series, presumably keeping a similar level of involvement as he does with The Strain. His Pacific Rim studio Legendary apparently secured the script for him and will produce the show alongside Amazon.

It looks like the pilot will film this Spring once del Toro is done with Crimson Peak and before he jumps into Pacific Rim 2.

Del Toro stated that “We tried to do it for so long as a film that the rights reverted back to Travis as a basic story. 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.”

This news comes hot on the heels of Amazon’s decision not to take Chris Carter’s The After to series after all, and would be a big genre leap from their current prestige shows like Transparent and Mozart In The Jungle.

We’re a little bit excited about this one.

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