HBO plans Guillermo del Toro pilot, sets 'Family Tree' premiere

family-tree-chris-odowd-michael-mckean-hbo.jpgHBO is looking to get into business with Guillermo del Toro on the Japanese manga adaptation "Monster," while separately setting a premiere date for Christopher Guest's new original comedy series "Family Tree."

The in development "Monster" is based on an 18 volume manga series by Naoki Urasawa following a doctor's worldwide hunt for the most evil sociopath who has ever lived in order to stop a mass genocide. The twist: The maniac is a 12-year-old boy and the doctor had previously given the child life-saving treatment without knowing his true nature.

Del Toro intends to direct from a script by "Doctor Who" and "Sherlock" vet Steven Thompson (who penned the upcoming "Who" installment "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"). According to Deadline, Del Toro had been developing the project as a movie but Urasawa's source material proved difficult to condense into a single film. Instead, it sounds like Del Toro and HBO hope to give it similar treatment afforded to George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" and Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels (the inspiration for "True Blood").

Meanwhile, HBO has scheduled a relatively hasty May 12 premiere for Guest's "Family Tree" starring Chris O'Dowd ("Bridesmaids," "Girls"). The largely improvised comedy follows a man traveling from Los Angeles to the United Kingdom to explore his heritage.

The eight episode series will air following Season 2 of "Veep," which is currently benefiting from the lead-in of the network's rapidly growing hit "Game of Thrones."

Watch a trailer for "Family Tree" below:

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