Guillermo Del Toro Bringing MONSTER To HBO

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  1. Sawyer High King

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    http://www.deadline.com/2013/04/guillermo-del-toro-is-hatching-a-monster-of-a-series-at-hbo/
     
  2. MagnarTheGreat Web Ninja

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    I've seen the entire anime adaptation...it's pretty amazing.

    Is this actually happening (Del Toro) this time? "Potential series"
     
  3. childeroland Registered

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    Given Dexter's success, this has potential. And maybe it'll encourage Funimation or whoever owns it to issue the whole anime on region 1 DVD.
     
  4. MagnarTheGreat Web Ninja

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    As far as conveying and sustaining a sense of tension and dread throughout most of a series goes, the anime was about as good as it possibly can get.
     
  5. TheWiseGuy487 Feelin’ blue (???) (Undecided/still figuring out)

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    Definitely looking forward to this.

    Apparently, there's also a film adaptation of Pluto (another Urasawa manga) in the works. It's essentially a retelling of one of the arcs of the original Astro Boy as a modern murder mystery. I'm about seven chapters into the manga and it's very interesting.

    Speaking of which, I need to get back to watching the Monster anime again soon.
     
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    This could be amazing. Urasawa is quite a storyteller , and Monster takes advantage of the serial style. Its laid down perfectly for a tv show.

    TheWiseGuy487 , Pluto just keeps getting better and better. One of the best things i've read about dystopian societies . It's certainly my favorite Urasawa series.
     
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    This sounds really interesting. Del Toro is one of the visually most interesting directors out there and hopefully he can affect that bit as a producer as well.
     
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    Been meaning to read the manga for a while, heard a lot about it. Glad successful directors and HBO are starting to take interest in Manga, Vagabond would work very well as an HBO show too.
     
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    It's really happening? Nice! Casting Nina/Anna and Jonah will be a challenge. Are their brother & sister twins out there in Hollywood?
     
  10. Hunter Rider Ronin

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    This sounds great, but am I right that the main antagonist is 12 years old? is this sci fi or real world?
     
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    Yes, maybe even younger in the beginning of the series and it's in the real world. The series stretches over several years.
     
  12. Hunter Rider Ronin

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    Thanks, they are going to have to find an exceptional young actor then.
     
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    That's mostly in the very beginning of the story.

    Altought there's some flashbacks , the story really kicks in 9 years after some events (and stretches beyond that)

    I hope they don't relocate the setting. It's very important the role of germany and the cold war in some aspects of the story.
     
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    Ah I see, so he'll be 21 in the present day parts of the story?

    That's interesting about Germany and the Cold War, not things I'd usually associate with Manga.
     
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    Yes , he's mostly 20-21 years during the story.

    Monster is a pure thriller , in a European setting. It doesn't follow what people usually associate with manga traits. The geopolitical context is very important in the story. And it relies in some facts and real events .But i expect they transform the japanese protagonist in an american one. He's a foreigner who works in Düsseldorf , so its a little easier to adapt another nationality (although him being a japanese in there , a fish out of the water and very recognizable plays a part in it)
     
  16. Lord All Mighty

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    There are many kinds of manga, there's probably an even bigger variety than in american comics to tell the truth: realistic ones, the more fight based ones you're probably more accostumed to and many more. There are even those that mix all of those like JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, which features European and American settings, along with cultures and beliefs like the mayans and ancestral religions and still keeps crazy fights.

    Never read Monster myself, for those that did is now a good time to do it?
     
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    I would go ahead and check out the anime. Or read the manga, whichever you prefer.
     
  18. Lord All Mighty

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    Which do you think is superior? Does the anime have bad animation or changes things that makes the experience worse?
     
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    The anime is almost a panel by panel adaptation of the manga. The animation is...acceptable. Kinda stiff , but usually the artwork is pretty consistent. Have you seen Master Keaton ? The style of animation is basically the same (its also another urusawa adaptation).

    I think they capture really well the setting , and the whole mood. Music is good. Also there's some nice direction.

    In this sort of case , where they are so similar...i always stick with the original. So i would advise to read the manga.
     
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    Gotcha, that should make casting a bit easier.

    I have to say it sounds pretty fantastic, no wonder the creator has been protective when it comes to someone adapting it for the screen. You're probably right about the change to an American but I'd love to see them stick with the Japanese lead character.

    Yeah in truth I don't know a lot about Manga so my view was based off the general image Manga has with people that don't really follow it.
     
  21. TheWiseGuy487 Feelin’ blue (???) (Undecided/still figuring out)

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    Update on the series! :woot:

    http://collider.com/justice-league-dark-news-guillermo-del-toro-monster-hbo/

    Nice to know that it's not going to go past its source material.

    Considering that it's taking from 18 volumes and 162 chapters of material, how many seasons do you think this could run for?

    The original anime ran for 74 episodes. 162 divided by 74 is equal to approximately 2. So, each episode of the anime adapted about 1-2 chapters for about a 22 episode runtime.

    Going by HBO shows and their runtimes, each episode is about 60 minutes long. In order to fulfill the runtime of each episode, each episode would adapt about 4-5 chapters of material, since one chapter is equal to about 11 minutes (11 x 5 = 55). 162 divided by 4 is about 40 episodes. 162 divided by 5 is about 32. If it were even just 3 chapters per episode, 162 divided by 3 is 54.

    If they went by the 10 episode format, like for Game of Thrones, they could get about 4-5 seasons out of this, depending on how they divide up the chapters per episode. If they went with a Boardwalk Empire format, which is 12 episodes, maybe 3-4 seasons.

    I'd say either format is a pretty good amount to go with. It would be long enough for them to tell the story it needs to tell, but short enough not to overstay its welcome and get stale.

    If they do this right, this could end up being one hell of a adaptation.
     
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    2-4 seasons seems like a safe bet.
     
  23. TheWiseGuy487 Feelin’ blue (???) (Undecided/still figuring out)

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    Agreed.
     
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