Travis Beacham's KILLING ON CARNIVAL ROW has been a hot spec script for almost six years now. It's nearly been greenlit with visionaries like Guillermo del Toro and Neil Jordan at the helm. Now, after a few false starts, producers Arnold and Anne Kopelson believe they've found their man.
According to Deadline, Tarsem has become attached to direct the fantasy-thriller, which is set in a fictional city called Burgue that evidently resembles 18th century London. The plot is centered on a series of serial faerie slayings, which are somehow pinned on a human detective. While attempting to clear his name, the detective must navigate mean streets populated with drug dealing vampires and other nasty creatures.
I've never read the script, but I know lots of smart folks who think it's loaded with potential. Beacham also wrote PACIFIC RIM, del Toro's kaiju epic which just began shooting this week. Tarsem's been a hit-or-miss director thus far. I've a feeling he's going to end up being a guy who's only as good as his material.