Guillermo del Toro is teaming up with his Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham for a new Amazon Studios TV series entitled A Killing on Carnival Row. Travis Beacham originally wrote the spec script as a feature, which was picked up by New Line Cinema back in 2005, with Guillermo del Toro attached to direct. The filmmaker eventually moved on to other projects, with Neil Jordan set to direct at one point before the project dissolved when New Line fully merged with Warner Bros. Tarsem Singh became attached back in 2011, but the project could not find a studio home. After developing the project as a feature for several years, Legendary's Thomas Tull approached Guillermo del Toro about turning it into a TV series, after the filmmaker's success with FX's The Strain.
The story is set in a Victorian world where humans and other creatures such as fairies co-exist together. The plot centers on a detective investigating a serial killer targeting these creatures, when he discovers that he himself has become the main suspect. Guillermo del Toro will co-write the pilot script with Travis Beacham and René Echevarria, with all three writers set to executive produce alongside Gary Ungar (The Strain). Guillermo del Toro is also set to direct the pilot episode, with production set to begin this spring before he makes Pacific Rim 2. Here's what Guillermo del Toro had to say about turning this feature into an Amazon Studios TV series.
"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."
Guillermo del Toro is currently in production on Season 2 of The Strain, and in post-production on his latest feature, Legendary's Crimson Peak, which hits theaters on October 16. The filmmaker has a number of other projects in various stages of development, including Dark Universe, At the Mountains of Madness and Haunted Mansion 3D.