Ain't It Cool News (

FX Orders Vampire Pilot THE STRAIN, To Be Co-Written And Directed By Guillermo del Toro!!

I am – Hercules!!

FX has greenlit a pilot for a series based on “The Strain” series of vampire novels co-written by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (“Hellboy”) and Chuck Hogan.

Del Toro will direct the pilot from a teleplay by del Toro and Hogan.

Carlton Cuse, already hard at work overseeing USA’s upcoming “Pyscho” prequel series “Bates Hotel,” is producing and will serve as “Strain” showrunner should it go to series.

The novels follow scientists working to combat a swarm of hungry vampires that are feasting on humanity.

Del Toro envisions the first two books, “The Strain” and “The Fall,” will likely form the series first two seasons, while “The Night Eternal,” the final book in the trilogy, could be split into seasons three and four.

Del Toro has also long been developing an ABC series based on Marvel’s Hulk.

Find Deadline’s story on the matter here.

Follow Herc on Twitter!!

Follow Evil Herc on Twitter!!


Blu At Last In Six Days!!


Hundreds of Blu-rays Under $10!!

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Holy shit

    by martinprince


  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    I'm pretty skeptical about the validity of this article

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    As Del Toro is on record as saying this wouldn't work in a filmed format. I'm sure it was in some interview about the graphic novel version.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Nevermind, I think he was just reffering to movies.

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    not TV.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST

    I am so vampired out. And zombied out.

    by Raptor Jesus

    Aliens are getting old too. We need some new monsters really bad.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    please let this be good

    by Matthew

    so sick of twilight and vampire diaries killing off the genre with pretty boys who walk in the day, go to high school, and don't kill anyone. Vampires kill and drink blood and are monsters not tweeny schoolgirl crushes for book covers

  • I'm kind of tired of vampires and zombies too, but to be fair the entire monster pyramid (aliens, killer robots, vampires, zombies, giant mutated animals, werewolves, and demons) is pretty much all we've got until someone decides that centaurs are in or something. Or maybe Cthulhu, though he/it might qualify in some circles as a demon...

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    I love heart fucking adore the first two books of this series! Have yet to read The Night Eternal, but the first two books were awesomesauce!! I will enjoy the everliving shit out of this.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    I am Legend with an origin story.

    by crimsoncinder

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Oh hell yes

    by ballyhoo

    That was an awesome trilogy of books. Never really played it safe, and kept moving forward to a pretty cool ending. I'm looking forward to this one.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    I'm all in favor of fresh ideas no matter what genre they are, but at this point it will be tough sledding for any new vampire/zombie properties to really distinguish themselves for me. This tide needs to go out so it can come back in with fresh ideas to a hungry audience in a few years.

  • i didint think so.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Just keep Damon Lindelof

    by Teddy Artery

    away from this and all will be well.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Not a great trilogy

    by Flippadippa

    As usual the set-up is decent, but it's downhill from there. Go with an adaptation of Justin Cronin's books insead.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    FX is setting the bar for quality TV shows at the moment.

    by SirGaryColeman

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Psssh, yeah right. I'll believe it when I see it.

    by D.Vader

    So many of this guy's projects have fallen through in the past, please forgive me if I take this with a healthy dose of YEAH, WHAT THE FUCK EVER. It could just end up on the same list as: The Hobbit In the Mountains of Madness Pinocchio Frankenstein Disney's Double Dare You The Haunted Mansion Hellboy 3 Slaughterhouse Five Beauty and the Beast... Yeah, you get my drift.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Oh yippee. Another one.

    by MichaelH

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST


    by ATARI

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST


    by ozliiifter

    I read the first two books in the triology, and I didn't bother with the third. There was some good stuff in there, but not enough to keep me interested.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST


    by dvdhound

    Fuckin' loved this series. And having it be episodic works extremely well. The first book had such great build-up. Hopefully, he has weta do amazing animatronics and cg. Glad he's seemingly heavily involved. Hope he stays on as a creative consultant at the very least.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Loved the books, but they belong on the big screen and rated hard R

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Each book could be whittled down to two hours without missing the meat of the story.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:24 p.m. CST

    About that Haunted Mansion movie...

    by Kobolos

    Sometime before I'm old? Please? PS. FX you killed Terriers. I've still not forgotten.

  • I would have a lot of nickels and very few completed projects.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Del Toro has a bad case of Tarantino Disease...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...where he keeps announcing these awesome-sounding projects, and only making about 10% of them. If they ever perfect cloning, can they start with Del Toro and Tarantino (Del Tarantoro...?).

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Where the fuck is Hellboy 3?

    by centilope

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:08 a.m. CST

    I hope Pacific Rim becomes a hit

    by centilope

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST

    If only so Hellboy 3 can finally get made

    by centilope

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:24 a.m. CST

    More God damned mother fucking vampires?!?!?

    by mrmgp

    If I didn't know any better, I'd swear that the current generation of TV producers were reading from the Glen A. Larson playbook of cashing in on/ripping off popular box office movies.

  • But I think there is an over-saturation with vampires and zombies. Time for writers to get their creative juices going.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:04 a.m. CST

    At least these are Evil Vampires.

    by Smerdyakov

    I deplore all efforts to make monsters cute and loveable.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST


    by chris

    The ending of the books was terrible. They spend so much time setting the vampires up in a scientifically feasible but far fetched way to dash it all in the end by making it supernatural and religious.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    like anything Del Toro starts or collabs on


    j/k ;)

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Hellboy three? only if 1 and 2 where anything like the comic...


    Perlman is great as hellboy, I just didn't like the universe and the way they translated from the books. too much MIB and not enough Lovecraft

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    The books were okay...

    by Ravyn

    ...but the main character turned into a real dick in the third book for no real good reason. I hope the series portrays him a little better at the end. I HATE it when a character's personality shifts from one book to the next, even if some "explanation" is given, especially when it's the "hero's"

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    No More Vampires

    by warren bishop

    Seriously. Aren't they kind of played out by now?

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Never read these books but they've always been on my radar.

    by Detective_Fingerling

    I often hear mixed reviews skewing more towards disappointment than praise. I vividly remember picking up Cronin's "The Passage" instead of the Strain and being floored by it. Never really had interest in giving it another shot. Is it worth the time/effort to read the trilogy?

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Jesus! Del Toro plagarize much?

    by Antimaster

    This sounds like a direct copy of The Passage which was printed a couple years ago. At least, the first half of it.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Not sure why there's dispute

    by Thurston_one

    About this being made..."FX has greelit the pilot" pretty much says it's getting made. I also read and enjoyed the first two, have yet to get the third but I suspect this could be some very fun t.v., it lays out nicely for season-long arcs, has a few good characters, some good monsters. It is probably a lot more in line with Walking Dead than I Am Legend, although the head monsters have a lot more intelligence going than what you find in either of those franchises. Looking forward to seeing what they do.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    great opening premise that descended into OTT crap

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I bought all three, but couldnt even finish the 3rd book. Silly, silly, silly. Especially when they finally reveal who/what the big bag is. Either write a vamp story, or dont. But good opening first book, though. Stop there and you might be ok.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Minotaurs are the next vampires

    by Chris Livingston

    or possible mermen...

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Voodoo Potato Head

  • Mind you, I've only read the first book, but that's because after doing so I just never had any real desire to read the others whatsoever. Maybe they're better, maybe not, I just couldn't amp myself up to care to be honest after slogging through to the end of the first one. It's just so damn dirivative of a dozen better books and stories with nothing new to say or show, and no particular great style of its own to pull you through. Or that's my take anyhow. Could it work as a tv show? Sure. Do I care. Right now, not so much.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    The Passage>The Strain

    by drewlicious

    There area quite a few similarities but the "The Strain" was published first. "The Passage" was just a better book all around. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the former. I did, despite the occasional corny eye-rolling sentence. I still enjoyed the old vampire hunter and all the crazy little bits of information about New York City's tunnel system. The tv series could compensate the books weaknesses with stronger characters and a more immediate sense of panic. They may want to tinker with the intro, though. "Fringe" already did it in their pilot.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Stopped after the first book...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    It was an ok read but terribly derivative in the worst ways. Now, I'd get on the bandwagon in a heartbeat for a mini-series on HBO for 'The Passage.'

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    First two books were awesome, third notsomuch.

    by Logan_1973

    Still looking forward to this, tho. Glad its going to FX.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Here's a cool non-story from JoBlo . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    GRRM writing Dr. Strange?

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Read the first book, have no interest reading the other two

    by tangcameo

    Started off as a cross between the pilot episode of Fringe (with the silent plane) and the ship in Dracula that carries the Count's coffin to England, then it ends like the underground part of Cloverfield. Even has the cliched jewish Van Helsing-type that I've seen in a lot of horror movies (sometimes they're catholic instead).

  • Hope he wasn't saving it for his brother.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Haven't read these

    by Bass Ackwards

    Now I want to, too bad its on FX (only because FX doesn't play nice with the internet), otherwise, nice to read a story about an upcoming show to be excited for!