Photo: Guillermo del Toro's Vampire Novel 'The Strain' to be Adapted for FX Series
A Guillermo Del Toro-helmed pilot of The Strain, named after his vampire novel trilogy, has been ordered by FX.
The drama series was snagged by FX after a number of networks were reportedly vying for it.
The novels the show is based on, were co-written by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, who is also said to be tied to the pilot as the script’s co-writer.
Del Toro spoke with Deadline recently, saying he “believes the books have enough juice to fill three to five seasons,” much like Lost, which was also always meant to be a limited-run venture.
In fact, Lost’s Carlton Cuse will help develop The Strain, and will be working as executive producer and showrunner.
The drama/horror series will be directed and executive produced by del Toro.
The story revolves around a vampiric virus that infects New York and quickly spreads. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of the Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, is joined by former professor Abraham Setrakian and a group of fighters to stop the contagion and save the city.
Predictably, del Toro’s vampires are far different than those currently on television. This vampirism is caused by a virus-causing parasite, and the vampires themselves are far different than anything we’ve seen/read about before.