Well, it was about time! Deadline reports that Amazon Studios has picked up Carnival Row to pilot. The TV project hails from the Pacific Rim dynamic duo of Guillermo del Toro & Travis Beacham and Star Trek alum Rene Echevarria.
Carnival Row -- which’ll be an Amazon Studios and Legendary TV co-production -- is the product of a major development deal Amazon Studios signed back in early 2015 for the TV series version of Beacham’s 11-year-old supernatural feature spec script titled A Killing on Carnival Row. At the time, Amazon had ordered not one but three scripts for the project, to be co-written by Echevarria, del Toro, Beacham and Peter Cameron.
The project was originally sold as a movie script to New Line and Kopelson Entertainment back in 2005. Guillermo del Toro and Neil Jordan both played in the project’s sandbox while it was still at New Line. In the wake of the studio being absorbed by Warner Bros., Arnold and Anne Kopelson tried to shop it around to other studios, with director Tarsem Singh (Immortals) attached to the project. A Killing on Carnival Row was ultimately shelved in 2011, stuck in development hell.
Here's the gist of the story for the dark, noir series.
A Killing on Carnival Row 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.
Sounds pretty cool, doesn't it? The original script followed a detective who investigated the serial killing of mystical creatures and who eventually becomes the prime suspect.
Echevarria not only penned the pilot screenplay that's going into production, but he’ll also serve as showrunner. Del Toro, Beacham and Echevarria will executive-produce the pilot alongside Gary Ungar.
Are you excited to see Amazon going forward with Carnival Row?