Anyway, Del Toro made the decision to put the series on F/X as opposed to making it into a feature film trilogy. I simply don’t think that this series will work as a basic cable program. It’s very violent and contains subject matter ranging from Vampire autopsies to vicious attacks and destruction of humans. That isn't a problem if they stay in line with the book, but I think they’ll probably sensor the hell out of it and dumb it down. Maybe I’m wrong, The Walking Dead has been pretty violent and sometimes gory and that has been true to form.
That brings me to Del Toro’s motivation: Is he putting the series on F/X because he doesn't want to deal with the costs and hassles of making three Pacific Rims? Or is he going with the television medium to try and capitalize on the Walking Dead success? Is it a combination of all of the above or did he get a deal too good to refuse from F/X?
Del Toro has bucked the trend many times… When they told him a Japanese style, Godzilla full feature wouldn’t work anymore unless it was a re-boot, he made Pacific Rim anyway. When critics said he couldn’t be an author of anything that didn’t have a visual aspect, he released the Strain Series. Blade, Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth were all cult successes and he backed out of the Hobbit when it was a guaranteed buttload of money (I know he still got some dough). Proving he has the balls to blot if a project doesn't meet with his approval.
Of course we won’t know until we see it whether Del Toro made the right choice, but let’s speculate.
So what do all of you think??? Please comment below, I’d like everyone’s opinion on this.
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