Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ Receives Full Season Order From FX

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News on FX’s plans to adapt The Strain, the vampire pandemic novel novel authored by Chuck Hogan and monster maestro Guillermo del Toro, for television has been light of late. In fact, apart from del Toro’s comments from a few months back regarding his stint directing the pilot and his overall involvement with the series (and some casting updates that start with Corey Stoll and end with Richard Sammel), there’s been practically no recent word at all on the show’s development.

But that’s changed as of today: FX has put in for a full season order on The Strain, meaning thirteen total episodes of vampire epidemic madness, and they’ve nailed down an expected time frame for its premiere. According to the official press release, production on the project will begin later this November in Toronto, and the program’s first installment is anticipated to air sometime in July 2014. That’s a pretty huge leap forward, considering that when last anybody heard, FX had only green-lit the pilot despite expressing interest in a complete series.

If Eric Schrier and Nick Grad (respectively, the Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions) are to be taken at their word, though, the change in priorities could stem entirely from del Toro’s efforts on said pilot. Apparently, they really liked what he had to show them – take a gander at their comments below and see for yourselves:

We could not be more excited to be moving forward with Guillermo, Carlton and Chuck on ‘The Strain.’ This is an epic story with stunning visuals and remarkable acting. ‘The Strain’ totally reimagines and reinvents the genre.

Pretty effusive stuff, though that sounds very much in line with how del Toro operates as a storyteller: powerful, evocative visuals, strong characters, and a never-ending reserve of creativity and imagination. Of course, the Pacific Rim director won’t be around to wow audiences from behind the camera for the whole season; by now he’s most likely readying himself to begin work on his next feature, the haunted house flick Crimson Peak. (To say nothing of his flirtations with Justice League Dark.)

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But it sounds as though he’s laid out a strong groundwork for showrunner Carlton Cuse and the rest of the cast – which includes, apart from Stoll and Sammel, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez – to build off of, which should mean that viewers will be in for a nice ride as the story progresses. For those unfamiliar, The Strain revolves around a CDC team (led by Stoll’s character, Ephraim Goodweather) as they struggle to contain a virus outbreak in New York that’s vampiric in origins; the narrative spans from the city streets to Spanish Harlem, and provides fertile ground for del Toro’s one of a kind vision to run wild.

Fans of his work know he’s got a knack for putting new twists on old archetypes – just one look at the Reapers in Blade 2 confirms that quite handily – so it’ll be exciting to see how he, Hogan, and Cuse manipulate the vampire legend even further and peel away the romanticism that’s so much a part of its mythos. But we’re a ways away from summer of 2014 yet, so we’ll just have to wait for updates from behind the scenes as production moves ahead to fritter away the time – but for now, this is a fantastic development.


The Strain will air on FX in summer 2014.

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  1. Count me in, a show with proper vampires :)

  2. Can’t wait to see this.

  3. Hmmmm, have not read the books, as most modern vampire stuff turns out to be more slush and schlock than substance, but I might consider giving this one a little peek.

  4. Oh yay. Another Vampire show. Just what we’ve been missing.

  5. Very excited to see this, and Corey Stoll was the real star of House of Cards, can’t wait to see him.

  6. The first book was very good. The second ok, and I disliked the third in the series. Some really good ideas. Can`t wait to see how it translates to television. Not typical vampires here either. More like the reapers in Blade 2 but with long scorpion-tail tongues. Can`t wait!

  7. The first book started out interesting enough but then it devolved into your typical vampire apocalypse story. I grow tired of stories that have people who are ignorant of stereotypical symptoms that everyone knows indicate something like zombie or vampire infections until hey its too late.

  8. Finally a Vampire series that isn’t going to suck. The vampire series we got on TV now are so bad, though the new Dracula series is turning out not so bad.

  9. I loved the first book but it decreased in quality in the 2nd and 3rd. The ideas are great but I just hope it translate well on TV. Hopefully we get a great surprise like we had this year with Sleepy Hollow and Almost Human

  10. I will be watching but I wish someone would do Justin Cronin’s book The Passage. Maybe AMC,HBO or even Netflix.

  11. I’ve been meaning to read the 3rd book in the series for a while now but I keep putting it off. I thought books 1 & 2 were solid and I really appreciated the fact that the vampires weren’t what you see all the time now. They were monsters with one purpose and for once they were scary.
    My question is wasn’t Cuse a showrunner on Bates Motel?
    I can only assume that he’s left that show for this which is a bummer but I’m pretty excited.
    Even if del Toro is only involved with the pilot that’s fine with me. Anything with his involvement is a must watch in my book.

  12. This show is too dumb. The chubby guy admits that a German man paid him off and the CDC lead guy doesn’t even ask the name of the German guy to investigate him???….I wanted to watch this, but it’s too stupid.
    CDC guy also didn’t pay attention the old guy that knew details…any cdc investigator would’ve have been all over that.
    Very disappointing show.

  13. This Series had So much potential. I don’t know whose been authorized as writers, but they’ve Pretty much turned it into complete Garbage.

  14. Well, I had a nice little review almost finished when all of a sudden the site redirected me and asked me to follow them on twitter!!! I don’t do twitter, not everyone does twitter and that was rude the way it just cut me off mid review. Won’t come here again.