Guillermo Del Toro Plans 'Monster' Manga Series for HBO
Guillermo del Toro has teamed up with HBO to develop a potential new series, Monster, a TV adaptation of a Japanese manga by Naoki Urasawa, Deadline Hollywood reports.
Del Toro has signed on to co-write the story with Steven Thompson, whose writing credits include Dr. Who and Sherlock. Thompson will also pen the pilot, which del Toro intends to direct. The Pan's Labyrinth director was rumored to be in the running for Star Wars: Episode VII, too, though the movie went to J.J. Abrams.
Monster tells the story of a young doctor that saves the life of a 12-year old boy, who turns out to be a diabolical sociopath; the doctor then has to scour the globe in search of the boy and attempt to stop a mass genocide.
WataMote Anime to Premiere on TV in July
The official website for television anime adaptation of creative team Nico Tanigawa's Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! (No Matter How You Think About It, It's Your Fault I'm Not Popular/WataMote) manga series announced that the anime will debut in July.
The slice-of-life gag comedy centers around Tomoko Kuroki, a girl who thought she would be popular when she went to high school. However, she was in for a rude awakening, for cruel reality is not like the otome games (romance games for female players) she played.
Tanigawa launched the manga in Square Enix's Gangan Online website in 2011, and Square Enix shipped the third compiled book volume of the manga last December. A four-panel spin-off manga launched in January, and Yen Press announced last month that it licensed the original manga for release in North America.
Kill La Kill Anime Reunites Gurren Lagann Director, Writer
The June issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Newtype magazine is reporting on Friday that previously revealed new anime from director Hiroyuki Imaishi (Dead Leaves, Gurren Lagann, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt) is the battle action television anime Kill La Kill.
Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren Lagann, Nodame Cantabile: Finale, Re: Cutie Honey) is supervising and writing the scripts, and acclaimed animator Sushio (key animator on Gurren Lagann and new Evangelion films, character designer on Engage Planet Kiss Dum) is designing the characters. The untitled project will be at Imaishi's relatively new studio Trigger. Aniplex registered the kill-la-kill.jp domain name.
The story centers around two fiercely fighting schoolgirls, Ryūko Matoi (pictured left) and Satsuki Kiryūin (pictured right). On a campus ruled by force, a transfer student wielding a Basami sword brings about upheaval.