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Del Toro Brings The Strain To TV
Guillermo's vamps will attack the box

20 September 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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It’s officially getting ridiculous. Even accounting for the different timings on the various projects, Guillermo del Toro is now involved in so many things that we can only assume he has a time-turner. Yet somehow, he never appears to tire of finding fresh creative outlets. On the heels of his agreeing to develop a Hulk series for ABC and, more recenrtly setting up a deal to adapt Nutshell Studies for HBO, comes word that he’s scored a direct pilot order for a show based on his vampire virus novels The Strain.

Co-written with Chuck Hogan, the trilogy – The Strain, The Fall and The Night Eternal – sees a nasty bug infect New York, transforming some of its residents into members of the fang club. Our hero is CDC doctor Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, who has to find cause, containment and (for preference) cure.

Ironically, the book idea was originally pitched as a TV show, but when GDT could find no takers, he was advised to try the literary route and teamed up with Hogan.

US cable network FX has ordered a pilot for the show, which Del Toro will write with Hogan and direct. Former Lost man Carlton Cuse – also apparently infected with the prolific virus given that he’s been busy setting up Psycho prequel series Bates Motel – is on board to develop the show and run it if the order comes in.

While all involved seem excited by the idea, they’re also refreshingly committed to the idea that it doesn’t have to run forever. “FX made the most sense, based on the level of commitment, passion and understanding of the concept of the book,” says del Toro. “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.” Translation: Cuse, write the ending now!

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Count me in!
Del Toro and Vampires equals greatness. Just look at the excellent Cronos and Blade 2 as a fine example. Can not wait for this already! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 22:30 on 21 September 2012 | Report This Post

Excited about this one. I haven't read the books, but I listened to the first one, read by Ron Perlman. It had bags of atmosphere and was set in NY; shouldn't go wrong really. I think if they do the effects properly, like the zombies in The Walking Dead, it will be great. No shiny CGI. More

Posted by LSJShez at 15:10 on 21 September 2012 | Report This Post

Could be interesting. I absolutely loved the first two thirds of The Strain - a literal page turner - but it gradually began to lose excitement and my focus. I then tried reading The Fall, but I only got about 100 pages in before I gave up. I had just lost all interest in the story and the characters. I didn't feel I needed to read about them for more than one book. But I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with a TV series; maybe it will reignited my desire to give the books another go. More

Posted by Whistler at 01:50 on 21 September 2012 | Report This Post

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