The first teaser spot for Guillermo del Toro’s FX horror series The Strain is now online, but you’ve probably already seen it. The spot premiered during the mid-season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead, but its content was intentionally vague in the hopes of sparking up a conversation. Remember the “found footage” video of hordes of rats crowded the city sidewalks? Yep, that’s for The Strain.
The Strain stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, and Kevin Durand. Carlton Cuse will step in as showrunner while del Toro remains onboard as an executive producer. Hit the jump to watch the teaser.
While Guillermo del Toro only recently wrapped production on the pilot for his potential FX series The Strain, the network apparently really liked what they saw. FX announced today that it has ordered a full 13-episode first season of The Strain, which will debut on the network in July 2014. The ambitious series is based on the trilogy of novels by del Toro and Chuck Hogan and centers on a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects. The stellar cast includes Corey Stoll, John Hurt, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, and Kevin Durand, and Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse is onboard to act as showrunner while del Toro will remain involved as an executive producer.
Hit the jump for more info on this exciting new horror series.
While at the FX portion of the TCA Press Tour, FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf took some time to discuss some of their upcoming programming. During the interview, he talked about what viewers can expect from the TV version of Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen’s involvement, the possibility of future seasons, their upcoming historical programming, just how graphic The Strain (from the novels of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan) will be, and how it will end up being between 39 and 65 episodes. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Guillermo del Toro’s latest big screen effort, Pacific Rim, opens this weekend, but his small screen series continues to add to its cast. The FX series The Strain now counts Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) among its members. Astin will play Jim Kent, the friend of CDC doctor Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro), who works closely with Ephraim and winds up stumbling into an affair with him. Goodweather heads the CDC’s Canary Team and leads the New York-based investigation into a viral outbreak tied to vampirism. As THR reports, Kent is “a savvy and trustworthy guy who is an open political operative of the Canary Group, [and who] unknowingly betrays their friendship when he is coerced into releasing a cabinet out of quarantine that contains a potentially deadly virus.” The production is gearing up to film the pilot with strong signs that it will earn a series order.
It’s been five long years since Guillermo del Toro has directed a film, but if all goes according to plan, he’s about to enter into a very prolific period in the near future. His large-scale “robots vs. monsters” movie Pacific Rim opens this Friday, and del Toro has already lined up his next two projects following the massive tentpole. He’s directing the pilot for the FX series adaptation of del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s book series The Strain this fall, and then early next year he starts production on his next feature film, a “classical gothic romance ghost story” called Crimson Peak.
Steve recently sat down for a lengthy, exclusive interview with del Toro at his house in anticipation of the release of Pacific Rim, and during the course of the conversation the filmmaker discussed The Strain, Crimson Peak, and even his next feature film after Peak. Del Toro revealed that they’re writing the entire first season of The Strain before filming begins, and he describes Crimson Peak as his “first adult movie in the English language,” as he aims to make a proper R-rated adult feature. Del Toro also noted that it looks like he already has his next project after CP ready to go. Hit the jump for so much more.
Based on the Neil LaBute play by the same name, Some Girl(s) follows a successful writer (Adam Brody) who, on the eve of his wedding, travels across the country to meet up with ex-lovers, in an attempt to make amends for past relationship transgressions. On his journey, he reunites with high school sweetheart Sam (Jennifer Morrison), sexually free-spirited Tyler (Mía Maestro), married college professor Lindsay (Emily Watson), his best friend’s little sister Reggie (Zoe Kazan), and Bobbi (Kristen Bell), who is the one that got away.
At the film’s press day, actresses Jennifer Morrison and Mía Maestro spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why this project appealed to them, why this play translates well for the big screen, shooting such long and complex scenes, and whether either of them would consider going on a journey to reconnect with their own exes. Jennifer Morrison also talked about what it’s been like to juggle movies with her role as Emma on the ABC drama series Once Upon A Time and the adventure of working on a show that centers around magic, while Mía Maestro talked about what drew her to the FX drama series The Strain, based on the vampire books by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro, who will also be directing the pilot. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
A couple of highly promising casting decisions have been made regarding two exciting upcoming pilots. First up, Liv Tyler has signed on to co-star in Damon Lindelof’s HBO potential series The Leftovers. Based on the book of the same name by Tom Perotta, the story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut. Justin Theroux is already set as the show’s lead, but Deadline reports that Tyler will be co-starring as Meg, a young woman on the verge of getting married who becomes a target for recruitment by members of an enigmatic cult. Peter Berg is directing the pilot and Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd, Amanda Warren, and Carrie Coon are also set to star.
Hit the jump for news concerning a Hellboy alum joining Guillermo del Toro’s potential new series The Strain.
A couple of updates out of the camp of FX pilots. Unfortunately, it looks like Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will be tapping out of production on the drama pilot Tyrant, citing exhaustion from filming and promoting Life of Pi. The story centers on an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation; Tyrant’s pilot may be shooting in Morocco. The search for a replacement is currently underway.
For more on what Lee had to say about his departure from the project and for casting information on Guillermo del Toro’s FX pilot, The Strain, hit the jump.
The first bit of casting news for Guillermo del Toro’s FX series project, The Strain, is finally here! It looks like Corey Stoll (House of Cards) will lead the vampire adaptation. The Strain centers on a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects. Del Toro and Chuck Hogan - who both wrote the original trilogy of novels – have co-written the screenplay which del Toro will direct. Hit the jump for more.
The A&E drama series Bates Motel (which was recently renewed for a second season) gives viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) psyche unravels through his teenage years. This contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho reveals the dark, twisted backstory and shows first-hand just how deep the relationship with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), truly goes, as she helps forge the most famous serial killer of them all. The show also stars Max Thieriot, Nicola Peltz, Olivia Cooke, Nestor Carbonell and Mike Vogel.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producers/writers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin talked about how they each came to be involved with Bates Motel, how much they use Psycho as an inspiration, just how crucial the casting of Norman and Norma Bates was, the overall story they’re looking to tell this season, how far ahead they plan out the story, what it will add to the show when guests start checking in to the Bates Motel, and the importance of transmedia to make viewers more directly active with the show. Cuse also talked about how he’ll divide his time, if the adaptation of The Strain goes into production at FX. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
Even though Pacific Rim will be Guillermo del Toro‘s first film in five years, he has attached himself to numerous projects both for movies and television. Just to name a few that are still in development hell, he’s attached to The Haunted Mansion, The Incredible Hulk TV series, and Pinocchio. And even though Pacific Rim has yet to hit theaters, del Toro and co-writer Travis Beacham are already set to write the sequel for Legendary Pictures. Del Toro is also in pre-production on adapting his vampire novel trilogy The Strain for television, and is looking ahead to the haunted house feature, Crimson Peak starring Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam.
Speaking with Steve and WonderCon, del Toro talked about the status of Pacific Rim 2, The Strain, Crimson Peak, how financing tends to determine his next project, writing the script to his indie feature Saturn and the End of Days, what happened to his animated adaptation of Pinocchio, and more. Also, be sure to check out what del Toro had to say about Justice League Dark.
FX, home of Sons of Anarchy, Justified, and The Americans (which has already been picked up for a second season), just exploded with information about new spin-off channels, series renewals, new series and more, such as:
- FX has launched a new network, FXX, to appeal to a young adult set of viewers.
- Series renewals include Justified, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit, with the latter three moving to FXX in 2014.
- Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell expands to a 5-nights-a week.
- FX orders a 10-episode limited series of Fargo.
- FX orders comedy pilots How and Why from Charlie Kaufman, and Chozen from Grant Dekernion, Danny McBride and the team behind Eastbound & Down.
Hit the jump for all the details.
With Rise of the Guardians opening this week, I recently got to see the finished film at DreamWorks Animation and it’s really well done. Not only is the animation great to look at, it’s got a strong story that’s character driven and it doesn’t rely on stupid jokes. In addition, unlike most superhero films that spend half the time introducing characters by explaining their origin and showing off their powers, what’s fantastic about Rise of the Guardians is we join almost everyone in the middle of the story. If you’re not familiar with the story, it revolves around the rebellious Jack Frost (Chris Pine) teaming up with other mythical figures North aka Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), E. Aster Bunnyman aka Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth aka The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman to battle the evil Pitch (Jude Law). Here’s my video blog review and all our previous coverage.
To help promote the film, last week I got on the phone with Rise of the Guardians producer Guillermo del Toro. We talked about how they didn’t do a typical origin story, the tone, the Puss in Boots sequel, Kung Fu Panda 3, his DreamWorks Animation directorial debut Trollhunters, Pacific Rim, the 3D conversion, when we’ll see the trailer, the Pacific Rim sequel, and so much more. Hit the jump for what del Toro had to say.
In addition to being knee-deep in post-production on his next directorial feature, Pacific Rim, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is also juggling a number of other projects in various stages of development. One such project that many are keeping an eye on is an adaptation of the vampire trilogy The Strain, a book series that he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan. FX has given a pilot order to the TV series adaptation, and Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse is also onboard to help develop the show, which is being planned for a limited run of three to five seasons.
Steve recently had the chance to speak with del Toro during a phone interview in anticipation of the release of the DreamWorks Animation film Rise of the Guardians (which he executive produced), and the director gave an update on The Strain, revealing that production on the pilot will get underway next year, likely in Toronto. Hit the jump for more.
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.