Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Guillermo del Toro is creating a dark Victorian Series for Amazon?

Credit to THR for the photo

Yes folks, you read that right - Guillermo del Toro is co-writing a dark Victorian series that will be exclusively streamed on Amazon.

A Killing on Carnival Row was the original title for the piece back in 2005 when New Line had grabbed it, and it was intended to be a feature film.  It was a risky production, which resulted in a 10-year game of hot potato.  Recently however, Legendary has picked up the hot potato and is working with Amazon Studios to bring us this new series which has been shortened to simply: Carnival Row.

Carnival Row is based on a script by Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) and co-writer Rene Echevarria. The show is set in a steampunky Victorian-style London in which humans live alongside faeries and other magical creatures.  In THR's interview with del Toro, it's revealed that "the original script told of a detective investigating a serial killer who is preying on mystical creatures, only to find that he has become the prime suspect in the murders."

In regards to making the jump from a movie to a series, del Toro seems more than happy to do so.  “We always had too many ideas to fit into the feature,” he said. “We can now really focus on the world and the politics of what it is to be a magical being in a Victorian steampunk atmosphere where you are seen as a lesser being.”

There is no release date for Carnival Row at this time. If you're looking for your del Toro fix, he has quite a few other projects in the works that you can look forward to.  Season 2 of The Strain on FX will be premiering in July, his romantic horror film Crimson Peak will be hitting theaters in October, and if you have a PS4 you should definitely check out P.T. for free if you haven't already.

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