The Strain, a vampire trilogy co-written by Guillermo del Toro after he couldn’t get it made as a TV series, now has a pilot order at FX. “Creatively it is the richest field to mine a long arc of character,” del Toro says of the cable series approach. The Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim filmmaker will direct, co-write, and executive produce the pilot. Lost’s Carlton Cuse — who’s also making a ten-episode Psycho prequel, Bates Motel, for A&E — will play showrunner. The series is visualized as a finite, several-season run, with del Toro hoping to direct as often as his busy filmmaking schedule permits. Deadline reports FX won out in a “very competitive situation with multiple cable networks offering major commitments,” so, cool for FX. Oh, and what’s it all about? Brutal, parasitic vampires with stingers. It sounds genuinely terrifying.
Guillermo del Toro. Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images