Naoki Urasawa’s Monster to become HBO Show


HBO announced that director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and writer Steven Thompson (Doctor Who) are teaming up to bring hit manga series Monster as a HBO TV series.

The 18 volume manga series was created by Naoki Urasawa.  He is one of my favorite authors with other famous works such as 20th Century Boys and Billy Bat.  Monster is about: “a thriller about the worldwide search by a young doctor for the most evil sociopath that has ever lived. He is a 12-year-old boy, and the doctor’s decision to save his life has unwittingly unleashed a Pandora’s Box that leaves the doc battling to stop a plot of mass genocide.”

The project will work closely with Shogakukan for consulting.  I’m pretty sure fans won’t be disappoint with the adaption, and we shall see what comes out of it.

5 Replies to “Naoki Urasawa’s Monster to become HBO Show”

  1. Has this ben confirmed? Are they ACTUALLY going to do it? When I first heard about it in April I was super excited, but no news has come thus far…

    • I’m pretty sure it’s confirmed already that they’re doing it. However, i don’t think it’s a priority for Guillermo del Toro now. He has other bigger project to deal with first.

      However, I’ve heard that they’re casting Kevin Costner for the series. Don’t know who he’s playing though 🙂

      • Really?? Yay!! I’m so glad they haven’t cancelled it, I love the series. I can feel a new fandom coming up if they do it correctly.
        Hm.. I suppose he could be good for the part of (possibly) Dr. Tenma if they made a really good wig. They’ll have a challenge finding the perfect person to cast as Johan though!! I hope they do a good job at this, it could be SO disappointing if they don’t.
        Thank you so much for replying!! I hope they get to it soon; it should be really amazing. Do you have your own approximation of when they’ll start working on it? What projects does Mr. del Toro have that were able to overshadow Monster?

        • I actually have no idea when the project will start, or what else del Toro is working on before this project. But I will for sure update the site once news are available 🙂

          • Ah, Alright the ^^
            Thank you so much for all the information!! I’ll make sure to check this site for updates then =)