Do you like the work of Guillermo del Toro? Of course you do! How could you not? Let me ask you something else, do you like vampires? Come on, TV wouldn’t be jam-packed with them unless there was a very good reason. Finally, what do you think of Carlton Cuse? That was some last episode of Lost huh? Very satisfying, right? Okay, best two out of three, but all these things are coming together to make the new FX series The Strain, which now has an official premiere date of July 2014 to launch its initial 13-episode season.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that The Strain is indeed coming to TV screens after a long and winding road from del Toro’s initial pitch to networks with his partner Chuck Hogan to them turning the idea into a book, which was then turned into a Dark Horse Comic and has now come full circle with the new FX series. Cuse, who is also currently working on season 2 of A&E’s Bates Motel, will executive produce the series with del Toro and Hogan.
“The Strain books are near and dear to my heart and now, Chuck and I have the blessing of a partnership with Carlton and FX that holds great promise,” says del Toro. “Working with FX has yielded an amazing experience with total creative freedom and support.”
The plot of the book follows a group of CDC doctors, gang members, vampire hunters and others who are drawn together by a sudden outbreak of a vampiric virus in Manhattan; some want to contain the virus and others want to exploit it. The main characters are Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, a first responder with the Centers for Disease Control and Professor Abraham Setrakian, a Holocaust survivor and vampire hunter with 60 years of experience. The main cast for the show includes Sean Astin, John Hurt, Kevin Durand, Corey Stoll, Robert Maillet and Leslie Hope.
So what do you say Bastards, excited for del Toro’s latest monster-piece or are you vampired out? Sound off below.