While many are quick to notice that Guillermo del Toro attaches himself to a multitude of projects, never let it be said that he simply forgets the ones that haven’t moved forward. Years ago, del Toro was set to helm the noir fantasy thriller A Killing on Carnival Row from a spec script by Travis Beacham, which whom del Toro would go on to co-write Pacific Rim. The Victorian steampunk story revolves around a serial killer on the loose in a future city that resembles 18th century London and is inhabited by both humans and other creatures. The film was set up at New Line but fell apart, then Tarsem Singh came on to direct with del Toro producing. That iteration never came together either, but now the project is finally moving forward in a wholly different form: as an Amazon series. More after the jump.
Per THR, Legendary Pictures will develop A Killing on Carnival Row as a television series for Amazon Studios with del Toro co-writing a pilot version of the film script with Beacham. The idea to turn the script into a TV show actually came from Legendary CEO Thomas Tull, and del Toro jumped at the chance to finally produce the story. He’ll also direct the pilot this spring after he completes post-production on Crimson Peak and before he dives into filming on Pacific Rim 2 later this year, and if that wasn’t enough involvement for you, del Toro will also executive produce A Killing on Carnival Row with his producing partner Gary Ungar.
Beacham is also onboard to executive produce the series, and he also has experience in the world of television. He created Hieroglyph for Fox before, after an executive changeover, the network opted to drop the show and not air the pilot. Getting A Killing on Carnival Row going isn’t a terrible consolation prize, though.
Rene Echevarria (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The 4400) will co-write the pilot script with del Toro and Beacham and will serve as showrunner on the series. This adds yet another show to del Toro’s TV docket, as he also serves as executive producer on FX’s The Strain. A busy guy, that one, but it’s nice to see this long-developed project finally gaining traction.