Guillermo del Toro’s THE STRAIN Goes to Pilot at FX with Carlton Cuse as Showrunner

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Writer/director/producer Guillermo del Toro has added another project to his ever-growing list.  This time around, he’ll be adapting his own vampire trilogy, The Strain, into a series, starting with a pilot order from FX.  Del Toro plans to co-write the pilot script with Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves), who also co-wrote the books.  Del Toro will also direct and executive produce the pilot episode.  Also on board as showrunner to help develop the series will be Carlton Cuse (Lost), which is fitting since The Strain is planned for a limited run of three to five seasons, much like Lost was in its early development.  Hit the jump for more on The Strain.

Deadline reported on the pilot order from FX for del Toro’s The Strain.  At the outset, del Toro commented that his books should have enough material to satisfy three to five seasons if certain books are broken into multiple seasons and if subplots that didn’t make it into the book are used for the TV series.  The Strain is an interesting get for FX as it marks the first time the network has committed to a drama pilot off a pitch.  It’s also a great win for del Toro, who originally conceived of The Strain as a TV series, but was advised to produce it in book form first.  It also marks del Toro’s first greenlit series project in the U.S. As an added bonus, expect del Toro to “direct as many episodes as [he] can through the life of the series,” when he has time between feature projects.

the-strain-guillermo-del-toro-book-coverHere’s the description from the first book in del Toro’s The Strain trilogy (via Amazon):

A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously ‘goes dark’, stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it soon becomes clear that everyone on board is dead — although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange occurrence before panic spreads. The first thing they discover is that four of the victims are actually still alive. But that’s the only good news. And when all two hundred corpses disappear from various morgues around the city on the same night, things very rapidly get worse. Soon Eph and a small band of helpers will find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the whole city, against an ancient threat to humanity.




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  • Cpt. Hindsight

    Ahhhh yeaaaah! Sweet!

  • dogg

    Sounds like a vast improvement over Walking Dead.

  • Snakebitey

    It looks like he’s copying walking dead. I hope it will be good. I havent read the books does anyone know if there are werewolves in it too?

  • Strong Enough

    sounds stupid.

  • Snakebitey

    They should totally cast Nic Cage!!!!!

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  • LEM

    Carlton Cuse? you lost me.

  • Faisal Ali

    I’ve read the whole trilogy…very different from The Walking Dead (of which I’m a HUGE fan). In fact, it’s quite different from most vampire stories. And since it’s quite bloody and gory, it definitely a nice change from all the bloodless Twilight nonsense.

    I don’t want to give anything away to those who are unfamiliar with the story, but I’ll say this – whereas most stories take you right up to a huge disaster but refuses to go past it into darker territory (presumably because the heroes have saved the day), The Strain Trilogy does nothing of the sort. I can’t wait to see how this plays on the screen.

    As for the books….highly recommended.

  • Bb

    I love del toro, but he needs to stop this crap.. He’s like a 10year old with ADD… Stick to a project and see it through, stop “presenting” and co producing movies and get more intimate with each individual product you choose.

  • AgentCooper

    There is nothing stupid about this trilogy, take my word for it. The Strain trilogy is dark, nasty, and evil as hell. Amazingly well written for the genre and subject matter. It takes “vampires” and breathes new life into them. The story is complex, the characters are well written and evolved. This is something that should be celebrated along with The Walking Dead in that now horror fans will have 2 amazing shows to chose from!!!!!!

  • AgentCooper

    There is nothing stupid about this trilogy, take my word for it. The Strain trilogy is dark, nasty, and evil as hell. Amazingly well written for the genre and subject matter. It takes \"vampires\" and breathes new life into them. The story is complex, the characters are well written and evolved. This is something that should be celebrated along with The Walking Dead in that now horror fans will have 2 amazing shows to chose from!!!!!!

  • CJ

    I know nobody will say it, but I loved Brisco County Jr. and Carlton Cuse produced that. So, let it be written as Carlton Cuse (Lost, Brisco County Jr). Thank you…

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