Guillermo del Toro’s latest television project will most certainly be getting airtime…
The 49-year-old Mexican filmmaker’s The Strain, which is based on del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire novel trilogy, has received a series pick up at FX with a 13-episode order.
The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called on to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity.
The cast includes Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland and Miguel Gomez.
“This is an epic story with stunning visuals and remarkable acting,” said FX’s Eric Schrier and Nick Grad. “The Strain totally re-imagines and re-invents the genre.”
FX had landed the project in a bidding war months ago, hiring a full writing staff and committing $500,000 to creature creation.
The Strain will now head into production on its first season, with the majority of the show’s scripts already completed.
There’s also a major casting change… The role of Professor Abraham Setrakian, played in the pilot by John Hurt, is being recast.
Filming is slated to begin this month in Toronto for a July premiere.
FX’s plans to run for 39-65 episodes for the series.