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Guillermo Del Toro Developing Naoki Urasawa Serial Killer Manga Epic MONSTER For HBO!!

Published at: April 24, 2013, 11:30 p.m. CST

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Serial killers are the new vampires.

A Manga series that’s already been adapted into a 74-episode animated TV series, Naoki Urasawa’s “Monster” is now being developed by Guillermo Del Toro for HBO.

The books follow a doctor determined to neutralize a serial killer the doctor saved when the killer was a nine-year-old.

The project had been in development at HBO’s sister studio New Line. Del Toro (“Hellboy,” “Pacific Rim”) hopes to direct the pilot from a script by Steven Thompson (“Doctor Who,” “Sherlock”).

FX greenlit in September a pilot based on Del Toro’s “The Strain” vampire novels. Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Hotel”) will serve as showrunner should “Strain” go to series.

Find Deadline’s exclusive on the matter here.

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