FX Orders Pilot Based On Guillermo del Toro's Vampire Novels
FX has ordered a pilot for The Strain Trilogy, a series of books written by director Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan. The story follows a vampire plague--but these ain't sweet, pretty, sparkly vampires. These are horrible parasitic monsters with retractile proboscises and capillary worms and some pretty nefarious plans for the human race.
The plan is for del Toro to direct the pilot (!!!!), from a teleplay by del Toro and Hogan. Carlton Cuse of Lost would be showrunner. More, from Ain't It Cool News:
Del Toro envisions the first two books, The Strain and The Fall, will likely form the series first two seasons, while The Night Eternal, the final book in the trilogy, could be split into seasons three and four.
It was a cool series of books. A little clunky at times, but enjoyable. Del Toro's goal was to make vampires scary again, and he did a pretty good job at that. The material is pretty much begging for a film or television adaptation.
It's worth noting, this isn't del Toro's only television development at the moment--he's also working with ABC on adapting Marvel's Hulk, though it's unclear if Mark Ruffalo, the actor currently portraying the character, would be involved.
This strikes me as FX looking for their own version of The Walking Dead--a horror property developed by a high-profile film director--and I'm OK with that. Besides being a unique take on vampires, this is Guillermo del Toro we're talking about. Did you see Pan's Labyrinth?
Who's read the books? What do you think? Will you tune in if this gets picked up? Who would you cast?
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