Guillermo del Toro is perhaps one of the busiest filmmakers in Hollywood. The director behind fan-favorite films like Pacific Rim, the Hellboy films and Pan’s Labyrinth always has several projects in various states of development. From his take on classic Disney ride The Haunted Mansion to the recently announced Pacific Rim 2, del Toro is the kind of guy who likes to keep busy.
So no one was too surprised when word broke that del Toro was developing a television series based on The Strain trilogy of vampire novels he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan. The show premiered on FX earlier this summer, amid some controversy with regard to its marketing campaign, and its 13-episode first season has been slowly building viewership. Now it looks like fans eager to see the series continue are getting their wish.
According to Global News, FX has officially renewed The Strain for season 2 which will enter production in Toronto in November. The show follows a race against time to contain and destroy a vampiric virus from spreading to the rest of humanity. Its cast includes Corey Stoll (who will soon appear in Marvel’s much-discussed Ant-Man film), Mia Maestro, David Bradley, Kevin Durand and Sean Astin,
While The Strain may not have the broad appeal of some of its tamer counterparts, the fact that True Blood is ending its seven-season run this month may give the show the chance to attract fans thirsty for another dark drama series focusing on vampires. Furthermore, another season would give the series the chance to delve deeper into its unique take on vampire mythology (a world that del Toro is familiar with, thanks to his work on Blade II) and evolve its visual palette.
Considering del Toro’s devoted fanbase within the sci-fi/horror community and beyond, it’s certainly a smart move for FX to stay in business with the filmmaker. The network is also losing two acclaimed hits in the next year or so, with both Sons of Anarchy and Justified reaching the ends of their successful runs. The Strain could very well prove to be one of the network’s next mainstays. Plus, it would make a hell of a companion piece with American Horror Story.
Are you excited that The Strain is continuing for another season, or would you rather del Toro focus his time and effort on more big-screen projects, like next year’s Crimson Peak? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts.
The Strain airs on Sundays at 10pm on FX. Production on season 2 is set to begin in November 2014.
Source: Global News