FX Orders Vampire Pilot THE STRAIN, To Be Co-Written And Directed By Guillermo del Toro!!
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.
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Sept. 20, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST
Sept. 20, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST
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
Sept. 20, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST
by Raptor Jesus
Aliens are getting old too. We need some new monsters really bad.
Sept. 20, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST
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
Sept. 20, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST
by Bill C.
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, 6:56 p.m. CST
not only is this like 'enough with the fucking vampires already', but this also sounds suspiciously close to Will Smith's version of I Am Legend
Sept. 20, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST
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
Sept. 20, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST
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.
Sept. 20, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST
i didint think so.
Sept. 20, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST
by Teddy Artery
away from this and all will be well.
Sept. 20, 2012, 8:22 p.m. CST
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
Sept. 20, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST
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, 9:03 p.m. CST
The reason there are so many remakes is because almost everything else is being developed by del Toro.
Sept. 20, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST
Sept. 20, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST
Sept. 20, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST
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
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
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
Sometime before I'm old? Please? PS. FX you killed Terriers. I've still not forgotten.
Sept. 20, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST
I would have a lot of nickels and very few completed projects.
Sept. 20, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST
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
Sept. 21, 2012, 2:08 a.m. CST
Sept. 21, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST
Sept. 21, 2012, 2:24 a.m. CST
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.
Sept. 21, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST
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
I deplore all efforts to make monsters cute and loveable.
Sept. 21, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST
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, 9:18 a.m. CST
Anyone ever read The Last Zombie? I read the first few issues and its just begging for the TV/film treatment.
Sept. 21, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST
Sept. 21, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST
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
...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
by warren bishop
Seriously. Aren't they kind of played out by now?
Sept. 21, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST
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
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
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
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
by Chris Livingston
or possible mermen...
Sept. 21, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST
by Mr. Voodoo Potato Head
Sept. 21, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST
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
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
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
Still looking forward to this, tho. Glad its going to FX.
Sept. 21, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
GRRM writing Dr. Strange? http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/is-game-of-thrones-writer-george-rr-martin-the-guy-to-tackle-the-world-of-doctor-strange
Sept. 21, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST
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).
Sept. 21, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST
Hope he wasn't saving it for his brother.
Sept. 21, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST
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!
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