Guillermo del Toro Brings Monster to HBO

Guillermo del Toro is teaming with “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who” screenwriter Steven Thompson to bring Naoki Urasawa’s manga series “Monster” to the small screen. Deadline reports that the pair will co-write the series with Thompson tackling the pilot’s screenplay and Del Toro directing.

The 18-volume series has previously been adapted in anime form. Published domestically by VIZ Media, the first volume is officially described as follows:

An ice-cold killer is on the loose, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracies, serial murders, and a scathing indictment of hospital politics are all masterfully woven together in this compelling manga thriller. Tenma risks his promising medical career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy. Unbeknownst to him, the child is destined for a terrible fate. Who could have known that Tenma would create a monster!

Del Toro and Thompson will also executive produce alongside Susan Montford and Gary Ungar. The Japanese publishing company, Shogakukan Inc. will serve as consulting producer.