Monster Manga Nabbed by New Line

Naoki Urasawa’s best-selling manga series, Monster, may be the next comic book property to make the leap to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, feature rights to the psychological thriller have been acquired by New Line Cinema, the distributor behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy and many of the hottest horror releases.

At the center of the Monster manga series is Kenzo Tenma, a young Japanese doctor living in Germany, who disobeys orders to save the life of a young boy rather that the Mayor. Years later, Tenman learns that the child he saved is a brilliant killer and sets out to stop him from killing again.

Since its debut in 1994, a total of 18 volumes of Monster have been released by Shogakukan Inc. The property has also been made into an animated TV series in Japan. Produced at Mad House, the show debuted in April of 2004.

Developing the feature film are producers Neil Kaplan, Pen Densham and John Watson of Trilogy Ent., the production company that revived the The Outer Limits TV series for Showtime and produced the recent television remake of Stephen King’s Carrie. Cale Boyter and Magnus Kim will oversee production for New Line.