Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire trilogy, The Strain, has been greenlit for a pilot episode by FX. This marks the first time FX have agreed to a pilot episode based on the pitch alone, and the plan is to get things moving and behind cameras in Toronto as soon as next Autumn. Del Toro with both direct, executive produce and co-write the pilot episode, with plans to direct as many episodes as possible throughout the shows run. Chuck Hogan will also be co-writing, and Lost’s Carlton Cuse will also be onboard to help develop the series.
Originally conceived as a TV series, Del Toro was advised against it and so wrote the trilogy instead, so you can imagine his excitement at finally being able to develop the stories into a series. Deadline is reporting that the show will run between three to five series’, with Del Toro explaining that there is enough material for five seasons if certain books are broken into multiple seasons and if subplots that didn’t make it into the book are used for the TV series.
“These are very scary vampires,” Cuse told Variety. “These are not romantic vampires. They will give you nightmares.”
Synopsis for the books (courtesy of Amazon)
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.