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The Strain Comes to FX

Del Toro and Vampires!

By Robert T. Trate     September 22, 2012
Source: Deadline and Collider

Deadline has reported that a pilot has been ordered for FX from Writer/director/producer Guillermo del Toro. The story in question is del Toro’s The Strain. “The “Strain” is a series of books written by del Toro featuring Vampires. This is the first time that FX has ever accepted a pilot off a pitch (according to Collider.com). Carlton Cruse (Lost) is also involved to help bring the book to television. The pilot will be co-written by Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves).

So what is The Strain? Amazon.com lists it as follows: “A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously ‘goes dark’, stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it soon becomes clear that everyone on board is dead — although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange occurrence before panic spreads. The first thing they discover is that four of the victims are actually still alive. But that’s the only good news. And when all two hundred corpses disappear from various morgues around the city on the same night, things very rapidly get worse. Soon Eph and a small band of helpers will find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the whole city, against an ancient threat to humanity”.
 
The final bit of news on the show is that del Toro plans to direct as many episodes as possible. With his schedule, and slate of projects, it will be interesting to see how many he does.  

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fatpantz 9/22/2012 7:10:23 AM

Before everyone moans and groans about another vampire show, these books are dark, violent and awesome and with Del Toro/Hogan on board to bring their trilogy to the screen, I have nothing but faith.

I guess my only curiousity will be how they will extend their story past the trilogy if it becomes very popular as one book per season will make sense.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 9/22/2012 7:39:17 AM

They said they are only going through the books and that the show would be a finite show.  But it will last more than three seasons.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 9/22/2012 7:41:20 AM

They said three to five seasons.

DarkLloyd 9/22/2012 10:26:01 AM

For antone thinking that this will be another vamp show.... You are WRONG!!!!! Del Toro and Hogan made Vamps what they should be, MONSTERS. And Fucking badass monsters at that.
 

This series Finally shows what kind of agenda real world vamps would have for the world and it is Damn scary.

InnerSanctum 9/22/2012 11:47:23 AM

 Does the first book get better?  I'm having trouble making it through it.  I can tell, by the writing, that it reads like a teleplay.  I can see it being a TV series.  

Shellhead88 9/22/2012 11:48:30 AM

I thought about picking these up because I like Del Toro usually, but I gotta admit that I am kinda getting vampired out. Seeing these post, may change my mind. I would like to see vamps as killers again, instead of a romance tool.

jdiggitty 9/22/2012 3:26:30 PM

 InnerSanctum, the book doesn't get better, IMO. Nor does the trilogy. Not a fan of this series at all. I read this after Jasper Kent's "Twelve" and the drop in writing quality was quite obvious. The Strain's storyline drove me mad. At least they don't sparkle. 

Mythos 9/23/2012 2:11:44 PM

wait did you guys say vampires as killers again, dark and violent? does that exist anymore?  i thought that piece of crap twibite killed vampires being badasses. count me in to watch and read this series

goldeneyez 9/24/2012 7:08:12 AM

 It's an pretty good series.  I like it's take on the origins of vampires.

DarthBob 9/24/2012 5:26:05 PM

Sick of vampires; I don't care if they're Twilight vampires, Blade vampires, Dusk to Dawn vampires, Near Dark vampires, Buffy the Vampire Slayer vampires. Not interested in this in least bit right now. I'll take a look at it 5 years from now if it's good.

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