To be honest, I’m surprised to learn that Guillermo del Toro wrote a book. And, actually, that he wrote three! His trilogy, The Strain, has been something he’s been trying to take to the television for the past few years. The drama series found its home with FX and the showrunner/executive producer is Carlton Cuse of LOST renown. The studio ordered a pilot for the series, which will be directed and written by del Toro himself with some writing assistance from his co-writer, Chuck Hogan.
Del Toro, on why they chose to have their show aired on FX:
FX made the most sense, based on the level of commitment, passion and understanding of the concept of the book. They got behind the idea of making this a close-ended series; we wanted to follow the books closely and so it couldn’t be open-ended, but rather three to five seasons max.
It seems like the plan is still in place to have about three seasons for this series, and del Toro has said that he will “direct as many episodes as [he] can through the life of the series”. They’re starting on the screenplay at the end of 2012 and will aim to shoot their pilot in September of 2013 – well after the promotional work for del Toro’s Pacific Rim comes to a close.
The Strain is a vampire bioterror thriller series. That in itself already sounds better than Twilight. ‘Nuff said.
Official book description:
High-concept thriller with a supernatural edge from world-famous director, whose films include Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy. 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.
That actually sounds really cool. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this on the small screen.