Colossal robots, massive monsters, vicious vampires, and a gothic mansion brimming with sinister secrets—with his most recent projects and those still to come, Guillermo del Toro has stayed busy these past years bringing an eclectic collection of stories to both the big and small screens. And now del Toro is moving forward with Carnival Row, a long-gestating project that's in development as a series at Amazon.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carnival Row—formerly known as A Killing on Carnival Row and originally conceived as a feature film—is on its way to becoming a TV series at Amazon Studios. Written by Travis Beacham around 2005, the full-length film version of the script was recently purchased by the folks at Legendary, who will work with Amazon Studios on the project.

Beacham reunites with Pacific Rim co-writer del Toro to pen the pilot episode, along with experienced sci-fi scribe René Echevarria (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The 4400, Terra Nova). Del Toro is also lined up to direct the pilot with a spring shooting date being eyed.

Carnival Row will be executive produced by del Toro and Gary Ungar (who handle the same duties on The Strain TV series), as well as Beacham and Echevarria, with the lattermost also set for the showrunner partner position. Del Toro describes the dark fantasy Carnival Row as having a "Victorian steampunk atmosphere." Here's what's known thus far about the synopsis (via THR):

"The story is set in a noir, Victorian-tinged city where humans, fairies and other creatures co-exist. The original script told of a detective investigating a serial killer who is preying on mystical creatures, only to find that he has become the prime suspect in the murders."

No other details are known at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further developments.

Source: THR
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