THE STRAIN Comic-Con Panel Recap: Guillermo del Toro and Company on the Show’s Violence; Upcoming Seasons

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With two episodes having already aired, the popularity of The Strain is undeniable.  This series, created and executive-produced by Guillermo del Toro, introduces a new take on vampire lore that is not only original and interesting, but seriously terrifying.  This show is not messing around, it’s trying to scare the hell out of you.  On Sunday at Comic-Con,  FX presented a special panel and sneak peek of the third episode of The Strain, with series creators del Toro and Chuck Hogan, showrunner Carlton Cuse and cast members Corey StollDavid BradleyMia MaestroSean AstinKevin DurandJonathan HydeRichard Sammel, Natalie BrownKevin DurandMiguel GomezBen Hyland, and Jack Kesy.

During the panel they talked about what it was like adapting the book into a television series, the look of the vampires, where del Toro came up with the idea of the worms and what the casting process for the show was like.  Hit the jump for The Strain Comic-Con Panel recap.

THE STRAIN Recap: “Gone Smooth”

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Despite its title, The Strain‘s “Gone Smooth” was sadly not a reference to Ephraim losing his hair (thereby releasing the beautiful baldness that is Corey Stoll‘s dome).  However, quite a few others began losing theirs, and thus begins the transformation (and, soon, infiltration) from human to zombie vampire worm-infested killing beast.  While The Strain‘s dialogue and character development haven’t been particularly good (and in some cases, it’s specifically bad), what the show excels in are monsters.  And if you keep the focus on that, then there’s no strain in viewing it.  Hit the jump for “soon!”

Comic-Con: THE STRAIN “He Is Here” Event Featuring Guillermo del Toro with over 20 Images

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The FX drama series The Strain is creepy, gory and just bloody good fun.  Having seen eight of the 13 episodes that will make up Season 1, I can say that it’s everything I’d want from a summer TV series, sprouted from the crazy imaginative mind of Guillermo del Toro.

Taking advantage of their time at Comic-Con, The Strain held an exclusive fan event, called “He Is Here,” at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15.  While showrunner Carlton Cuse and most of the cast dropped by to greet the line, Guillermo del Toro spent quite some time in the theater lobby, chatting with fans and signing the posters that were given out.  Even comic book artist Mike Huddleston was there, signing and sketching.  And, of course, The Master himself introduced the screening of the pilot episode.  Hit the jump for photos of a collection of prominent props and costumes that were on display from the show.

THE STRAIN Recap: “The Box”

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In its second episode, The Strain focused more on the idea of transformation, including its own (potentially).  “The Box” spent more time on the vampire side of things, and also set the stage for the upcoming season in terms of focus.  It also allowed for a little more discovery into this vampiric contagion, and the many forms it takes.  Hit the jump for why “a good story always trumps the truth.”

THE STRAIN Comic-Con Event Gives Fans Access to the Show With Unseen Footage and Guest Appearances

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FX just premiered The Strain last Sunday and unfortunately I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet.  But I hear the series, based on the books by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, is one of the more unrelenting takes on vampirism in TV history (and that it’s quite fun as well).  If you’re already a fan of the show, and if you’re going to be at the San Diego Comic-Con next week, then there’s an exclusive event you won’t want to miss.

The Strain (check out our recap) tells the story of “Dr. Ephraim Goodweather,” the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City.  Goodweather and his team are called upon 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 itself.  The show stars Corey Stoll, Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez.  Hit the jump for more info on how to get into The Strain Comic-Con event!

THE STRAIN Series Premiere Recap: “Night Zero”

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With the Twilight movie series over, and HBO’s True Blood coming to a close, perhaps audiences are ready to set aside pretty, sparkly vampires, and instead embrace a different kind of bloodsucker.  It began in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, where vampires were either horrible shrieking harpies, or disgusting ancient muck-beasts.  The Strain, FX’s new series based onGuillermo del Toro‘s novel trilogy (Del Toro also co-wrote and directed “Night Zero,” and co-produced the series with Lost’Carlton Cuse) also realigns the idea of vampires, and vampirism, into something horribly evil and total grotesque.  BRING IT.  Hit the jump if you fear Corey Stoll‘s wig (it’s full of secrets!)

Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro Talk THE STRAIN, Creature Design, Casting, a Maximum 5 Season Run and More

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From filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse, The Strain tells the story of an epic battle for survival between man and vampire.  When Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control in New York City, and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that is eerily similar to an ancient and evil strain of vampirism, they quickly realize that they are waging war for the fate of humanity itself.  The show also stars David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown and Jack Kesy.

During this recent interview to discuss the show’s premieres, Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro talked about collaborating together, that this is the unadulterated version of the show that they wanted to make, that they basically follow the narrative of the first book in the first season, that they don’t see the series going beyond five seasons, creating the look of the creatures, and how the casting came together.  Check out what they said after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Guillermo del Toro Doesn’t Think HELLBOY 3 Will Happen; Gives Rundown of What It Might Have Been

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Hellboy 3 is one of those projects that Guillermo del Toro fans just can’t let go of.  I don’t blame them.  To me, it’s an interesting property that is in many ways perfect for the filmmaker and I think he was just really finding his way into what the big screen version of it wanted to be (which is to say I think Hellboy 2 was at least twice as good as the original film).  But it doesn’t look like it’s in the cards. It’s an unfortunate status he’s hinted at for a while, that he feels there just wasn’t enough interest to justify the $150 million price tag the film would require.

Steve did an epic interview with del Toro earlier in the week that covered stuff like the Pacific Rim Animated Series At the Mountains of Madness, Crimson Peak and The Strain along with his new Black and White movie.  But today del Toro gave a taste of what Hellboy 3 might have been, despite that fact that it will (probably) never be. Hit the jump for more.

Guillermo del Toro Talks the Status of CRIMSON PEAK, PAN’S LABRYNTH on Criterion, and Making THE STRAIN Idiosyncratic

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As you may have noticed from our recent news that Guillermo del Toro is directing a small-scale black and white film before Pacific Rim 2, considering releasing two cuts of At the Mountains of Madness, and dropped details regarding the Pacific Rim animated series, Steve recently had a revealing conversation with the filmmaker about his upcoming projects.  There’s plenty to unpack from the interview, and so today we’d like to share what he had to say about the current status of his next film, Crimson Peak, whether Pan’s Labyrinth will be coming to Criterion, and how much creative freedom he was given by FX to make his new TV series The Strain.  Highlights include the revelation that Crimson Peak only has one deleted scene, a bit of insight into his production process, and the evolving creative procedure in making The Strain.  Read on after the jump.

Comic-Con 2014: FX Announces Panels for THE STRAIN, ARCHER, SONS OF ANARCHY, and AMERICAN HORROR STORY

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FX has unveiled its schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2014, which kicks off in a little over two weeks.  Panels will be held for three returning series, as well as one highly anticipated debut.  Briefly:

  • The Strain – The panel for Guillermo del Toro’s new vampire drama series will be held on Sunday in Hall H, with del Toro, showrunner Carlton Cuse, executive producer/writer Chuck Hogan, and the entire cast (including Corey Stoll and Sean Astin) in attendance.  The entire third episode will be screened after the Q&A.
  • Archer – A screening and Q&A for the magnificent animated series will be held on Friday in the Indigo Ballroom, with the voice cast and creators in attendance.  An original animated short created specifically for SDCC will be screened.
  • Sons of Anarchy – Creator Kurt Sutter, executive producer Paris Barclay, and cast will take part in a screening at Q&A on Sunday in Hall H.
  • American Horror Story – Creator Ryan Murphy and a number of castmembers will discuss AHS: Coven and the upcoming AHS: Freak Show with a special tease of the new season on Saturday in Ballroom 20.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned panels, and look for our full recaps on Collider during Comic-Con.  2014 Comic-Con runs from Thursday, July 24th through Sunday, July 27th.

THE STRAIN Featurette: Guillermo del Toro Explains the Show’s “Gothic Approach to Science”

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This summer hasn’t really given us many solid new series debuts, but July is looking promising.  In addition to Damon Lindelof’s HBO show The Leftovers, we have the debut of Guillermo del Toro’s vampire drama The Strain on FX.  Based on the book trilogy by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the story revolves around a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects.  Del Toro had a heavy hand in putting the show together, co-writing and directing the pilot and overseeing the writing of the rest of the season before handing off showrunner reins to Lost alum Carlton Cuse.  In this new featurette, the filmmaker explains his “gothic approach to science” as the cast discusses the show’s real-world approach to the idea of vampirism.  Very promising stuff.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Strain featurette. The series stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez.  The Strain premieres on FX on July 13th.

New THE STRAIN Trailer Marks the End of Our World

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FX has released a new trailer for The Strain, and it’s the first one that isn’t a creepy teaser.  Created and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, the story revolves around a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects.  Del Toro co-wrote and directed the pilot and oversaw the writing of the scripts for the first season, but Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse acts as the day-to-day showrunner of the series.  This is the first trailer to provide some hints about the plot, but, like the other trailers thus far, shows that TV might have another great horror series on its hands.

Hit the jump to check out The Strain trailer.  The series stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel GomezThe Strain premieres on FX on July 13th.

New THE STRAIN Trailers and Images for FX’s New Thriller Series Starring Corey Stoll and Sean Astin

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It seems like we’ve been waiting a long while for FX’s adaptation of the book trilogy The Strain, but we’re now a little under two months away from the show’s premiere and the network has unveiled some new teaser trailers and images to tide us over.  Created and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, the story revolves around a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects.  Del Toro co-wrote and directed the pilot and oversaw the writing of the scripts for the first season, but Lost alum Carlton Cuse acts as the day-to-day showrunner of the series.  It continues to look like a sufficiently creepy horror drama, and I can’t wait to check out the full show this summer.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Strain trailers and images.  The series stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel GomezThe Strain premieres on FX on July 13th.

THE STRAIN to Premiere on FX July 13th; Premiere Dates Announced for TYRANT, WILFRED, THE BRIDGE, and More

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FX and FXX have announced summer premiere dates for its upcoming series.  Briefly:

  • The Strain (July 13th) – The FX adaptation of the horror trilogy comes from creator/executive producer Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse, telling the story of a viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient strain of vampirism.  Cory Stoll and Sean Astin star, and del Toro directed the pilot.
  • Tyrant (June 24th) – The new FX drama series from Homeland co-creator Howard Gordon revolves around an American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.  David Yates directed the pilot.
  • Wilfred (June 25th) – The comedy series returns for its fourth and final season on FXX, starring Elijah Wood.
  • The Bridge (July 9th) – The second season of the FX drama continues the relationship between Demian Bichir’s Mexican police officer and his American counterpart, played by Diane Kruger.
  • Married (July 17th) – The new FX comedy series starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer tells the story of being “miserably in love.”
  • You’re the Worst (July 17th) – Another new FX comedy series revolving around a new relationship.

Hit the jump to read full synopses for the aforementioned series.

Sean Astin Talks MOM’S NIGHT OUT, Being in a Good, Clean Comedy, Guillermo del Toro’s THE STRAIN, Being Game for a GOONIES Sequel, and More

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Perfect for Mother’s Day, the family comedy Mom’s Night Out tells the story of Allyson (Sarah Drew), a wife and mother who loves her family, but also longs for a peaceful, grown-up evening out with her friends.  Leaving her husband (Sean Astin) to watch the kids for the evening suddenly turns into chaos, in a true celebration of the beautiful mess known as parenting.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Sean Astin talked about being a part of a good, clean comedy that families can see together, why movies with a component of faith are so appealing to audiences, that he loves physical comedy and hopes he gets to do more, and how such a chaotic story had a surprisingly un-chaotic set.  He also talked about what attracted him to the upcoming FX series The Strain, adapted from Guillermo del Toro’s novel and premiering this summer, and how, even though there’s been talk of a sequel to The Goonies since 1986, he’d be game to do it, if it ever happened.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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