Will Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar Success Finally Give Life To Monster?

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Guillermo del Toro has long been lauded by fans as an incredibly talented director. Okay maybe Pacific Rim went through to the keeper, but The Shape of Water was one of his most beautiful films to date.

Earlier this week del Toro and his team took home four Oscar statuettes for the film – winning Best Director as well as Best Picture, Best Original Music Score and Best Production Design. It was also nominated in a further nine categories.

However, while The Shape of Water has been enchanting audiences worldwide, del Toro has been working hard on getting another project to the screen, the live action version of an anime film, Monster. Monster is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa.

While there have been increasingly more live action anime adaptations, none of them seem to have hit the mark with fans. Deathnote, Full Metal Alchemist, Attack on Titan and Ghost in the Shell have missed the mark either with over-whitewashing or just plain bad production and screenplays.

Anime is a billion-dollar industry in Japan, and while Hollywood is drawn to their pulling power they have been unable to get many made. Even someone like Guillermo del Toro has struggled to get a studio on board. The director has made no secret of his love of the horror-thriller series and it fits well within his skill set, but to date, he has struggled to get anyone to back his vision for adapting this particular manga. Even HBO passed on it a few years back.

Back in 2015 during press interviews for Crimson Peak, starring Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain, del Toro said, “No, it’s [Monster] out of HBO, and now we’re going to take it to other places but it’s not active active until we pitch it. We are going to other companies to pitch it and see if anyone wants to do it.”

It will be interesting to see if the production is now picked up as a result of the Mexican director’s wins and nominations at this year’s Academy Awards. After all, Oscar talks!

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