Although it was recently confirmed that Guillermo del Toro’s next movie will be the gothic horror flick Crimson Peak, it looks like the next thing we see from him will actually be on the small screen instead. This week FX announced that they have fully committed to his vampire TV series The Strain. Del Toro wrote and directed the pilot himself and intends to direct more episodes in the future. Based on the series of books that he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan, the show revolves around a vampiric virus that infects New York City. It is a somewhat unique take on vampires in that they are depicted as parasitic creatures, and Del Toro has described the series as having a “CSI-style precision” and a procedural feel. The Strain is expected to premiere in July 2014.
According to THR, FX is moving forward with a 13-episode first season of The Strain with Carlton Cuse (Lost) serving as showrunner. This will be the second show that Carlton Cuse is actively overseeing as Bates Motel is also entering its second season next year on A&E. The cast includes Corey Stoll (House of Cards), Kevin Durand (Legion) and Mia Maestro (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and 2). John Hurt also starred in the pilot but his role will reportedly be recast.
Obviously the continued success of The Walking Dead has other networks scrambling to find genre-related content but FX already has a hit of their own with American Horror Story. What has me most excited is the fact that they are supposedly committing to a close-ended series that will run three to five seasons instead of continuing on indefinitely. Are you looking forward to The Strain? Has anyone out there read the books or the comics?