One of Guillermo del Toro’s long-forgotten, and extremely cool, would-be film projects is being resurrected as a television series at Amazon — and it sounds like the noir fairy tale we never knew we wanted.
Dubbed A Killing on Carnival Row, the project was born as a film script picked up by New Line in 2005 by up-and-coming writer Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim). Del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim) loved the noir tale of humans, fairies and other fantastic creatures all sharing a Victorian-esque city. The original pitch followed a detective, investigating a serial killer allegedly picking off mystical creatures, who eventually becomes the prime suspect in the murder spree.
Del Toro and Beacham worked for years to try and get the film off the ground, and even Neil Jordan (Byzantium) and Tarsem Singh (The Cell) signed on to direct at different times after del Toro stepped away to pursue other projects. But the studio finally shelved it around 2011 and the project slipped into development hell. Until now. It’s an extremely cool concept, and it’s hard to believe that a full decade later it’ll finally be brought to life.
Here’s what del Toro told The Hollywood Reporter about finally getting Carnival Row off the ground:
“We tried to do it for so long as a film that the rights reverted back to Travis as a basic story, and I’ve always talked about it to anyone that would listen. We always had too many ideas to fit into the feature. We can now really focus on the world and the politics of what it is to be a magical being in Victorian steampunk atmosphere where you are seen as a lesser being.”
At this point, it seems del Toro will co-write the pilot script with Beacham and TV veteran Rene Echevarria (The 4400), and also direct the pilot before heading off to pit more robots against giant monsters in Pacific Rim 2 (Side note: Guillermo del Toro has the coolest life ever, right? -Ed.). He should just be able to squeeze it in after the gothic horror tale Crimson Peak.
All three are signed on to serve as executive producers, assuming Amazon picks up the project to series. But, considering that the streaming service just axed Chris Carter’s The After, you’d have to think there’s a sci-fi slot ready for the taking.
Are you looking forward to finally getting a peek at this long-lost del Toro and Beacham collaboration?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)