FX Orders Pilot Based On Guillermo del Toro's Vampire Novels

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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Lady Hazmat is reading Various Titles September 21, 2012 - 12:17pm

Oh! I really liked this trilogy. The writing isn't the best, but it's decent and the story arc more than makes up for it. I'd def check out a few episodes if it got picked up. As for casting. I'll have to get back to you on that one...

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine September 21, 2012 - 3:37pm

I hope it's not the next Walking Dead. That show sucks.

JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life September 21, 2012 - 5:00pm

I read the strain trilogy and it was VERY entertaining. The first two books were compulsively readable, abnd while the third fell off a bit, the series as a whole was great.

All that being said, I suspect it would make for terrible TV. The characters are pretty flimsy, and all the historical parts would look pretty poor on a TV budget.

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M.E.Prince from Georgia is reading A Stir of Echoes September 22, 2012 - 1:05am

I haven't read it, but I'm dying for vampires to be in the right genre again.

Also, if that Hulk series turns out to be any good at all, del Toro will be my new favorite person.

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JameseyLefebure from Liverpool, Uk is reading The Gunslinger- Stephen King September 22, 2012 - 4:36am

I'd be really excited by this, I agree that the 3rd book was a little weak, but I do think it would be brilliant on the tv, only if they get the casting right and had a decent budget though! I don't know how they'll get the pacing right cause if memory serves the first book was a little bit slow on the uptake, but seriously WOOHOO for this!!