Guillermo del Toro, 'Southland' Scribe Developing Hitchcockian Drama at HBO (Exclusive)
HBO is going to a dark place with Guillermo del Toro.
The premium cable network has optioned Corinne May Botz’s Nutshell Studies, a Hitchcockian drama about a 1950s small-town housewife who becomes obsessed with solving brutal crimes.
Del Toro will serve as an executive producer as well as director on the project, with novelist Sara Gran on board to write and co-executive produce. Joining the duo is del Toro's manager Gary Unger, who is attached as a non-writing executive producer. Botz, who published the book in 2004, will consult.
Gran writes for TNT’s Southland and is poised to write and co-EP an adaptation of her female detective novel series, Claire Dewitt, for John Wells and Warner Horizon.
For his part, del Toro has been developing a potential Hulk live-action series for ABC. On the big screen, the Oscar-nominated writer-director, best known for such films as Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, is prepping the sci-fi adventure Pacific Rim, starring Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam and Ron Perlman. He has said of the film: "It's a very, very beautiful poem to giant monsters. Giant monsters versus giant robots."
Del Toro is repped by WME and Exile Entertainment; Gran is repped by RWSG Agency, The Karpfinger Agency and Hirsch Wallerstein.
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