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Guillermo del Toro heads to instant video

June 16th, 2016 by Dave Bowling Comments

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Guillermo del Toro has two upcoming projects headed for streaming services.

Amazon has ordered a pilot for the director’s Carnival Row project. Del Toro, writers Travis Beacham, Peter Cameron and René Echevarria will be working on the project, with Echevarria (of Star Trek and 4400 fame) acting as showrunner should the series be picked up.

Originally appearing as a script by Beacham entitled A Killing on Carnival Row in 2005, the show will be set in a future city called Burgue that seems like 18th Century London that is inhabited by both humans and non-human creatures.

Meanwhile, over on Nexflix, del Toro’s animated project with Dreamworks, entitled Trollhunters, has been greenlit. Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman and Anton Yelchin are heading up the voice cast.

Trollhunters is set in a fictional suburb called Arcadia, where teenager Jim (Yelchin) and his two best friends discover that beneath the town a hidden war between trolls is taking place. It is Jim’s discovery of a mystical amulet that throws the kids into the midst of this supernatural battle. Grammer plays Blinky, a kind-hearted troll that befriends Jim; and Perlman voices Bular, a sinister troll who targets Jim and his friends.

No release date for Carnival Row has been set yet, but Trollhunters is expected to arrive on Netflix in December.

Sources: SciFiNow; TV Line

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...