Amazon greenlights creature fantasy Carnival Row, but loses Guillermo del Toro

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May 11, 2017, 11:09 AM EDT

It’s been a long road for Carnival Row, but Amazon has finally greenlit the fantasy drama series.

Last summer, Amazon Studios had picked up a pilot order for the TV project hailing from the Pacific Rim duo of Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham, as well as Star Trek veteran Rene Echevarria. The good news is that yes, Amazon has given an eight-episode order for Carnival Row. The bad news is: We’re losing del Toro as executive producer because dude is super busy with a bazillion projects. Legendary Television will produce.

However, Beacham and Echevarria are staying on board — with Echeverria acting as writer, executive producer and showrunner. They will be joined in their endeavour by Paul McGuigan (Sherlock, Victor Frankenstein), who will direct and executive-produce. Beacham, who wrote the original feature script as far back as 2005 (told ya it was a long road), will also serve as executive producer.

So what’s the show about? Here’s the official synopsis:

Carnival Row is a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. The series follows the investigation of a string of unsolved murders that are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists.

Which, I don't know about you guys, sounds pretty cool to me! Even though Guillermo del Toro is no longer involved, the fact that Travis Beacham, Rene Echevarria and now Paul McGuigan are spearheading the project is making me 100% confident that Carnival Row will turn out to be awesome.

Carnival Row is slated to kick off filming in the fall of 2018 for a 2019 premiere, so that means we have a good while to wait before we finally see the series hit Amazon. Are you excited about the project?

(via Dread Central)