Guillermo del Toro’s Carnival Row pilot ordered by Amazon

Amazon takes a big step with Guillermo del Toro’s TV series Carnival Row


We last heard about Guillermo del Toro’s TV series Carnival Row back in 2015, and we’d almost forgotten about it quite frankly, but there’s some excellent news thanks to Amazon.

Deadline reports that the streaming service has picked up the pilot from del Toro, his Pacific Rim writer Travis Beacham, Rene Echevarria (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Peter Cameron (Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You). Echevarria will act as showrunner, while del Toro’s Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak studio Legendary will co-produce alongside Amazon.

The project originally existed as a spec feature script by Beacham called A Killing On Carnival Row, and “is set in the future in a city called the Burgue, which looks a lot like 18th Century London. It is inhabited by humans and other creatures, and a serial killer is on the loose.”

It has been a hot property since it was first shopped around in 2005, and del Toro, Tarsem Singh and Neil Jordan were all linked to it at various stages.

The story definitely sounds like a great fit for del Toro. A future city that looks like 18th century London that’s packed with creatures? Yep, that’s got the Hellboy director written all over it.

Del Toro also has his animated show Trollhunters set up at Netflix, and the million and one other films he has in various stages of development. He’s currently preparing to shoot his Cold War love story The Shape Of Water, which stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Richard Jenkins.

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