The much buzzed about fantasy film A Killing on Carnival Row is being reworked. Instead of being developed for the big screen, it is now a TV project for Amazon. Prominent filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, The Hobbit), who was originally on board the scrapped film version, is now set to co-write and direct the pilot episode of the series.
The imaginative concept, set in a noir Victorian style town, features a mixture of humans, fairies and other types of creatures who coexist. The storyline of the film followed a detective who investigates a series of murders involving mystical creatures and discovers that he has become the prime suspect.
Del Toro will executive produce the series along with Gary Ungar. The two also executive produce the FX horror series The Strain.
The original screenplay was written by Travis Beacham, who has worked with del Toro on the Pacific Rim franchise. Beacham is set to co-write the series and executive produce as well.
Legendary’s Thomas Tull was quoted by Indie Wire on the change from a feature film to a TV series saying, “We always had too many ideas to fit into the feature. We can now really focus on the world and the politics of what it is to be a magical being in a Victorian steampunk atmosphere where you are seen as a lesser being.”