At this week’s TCA event, FX CEO John Landgraf dropped some interesting news regarding the upcoming adaptation of Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Strain.” Read on for the latest.
According to Deadline, Landgraf confirmed what Guillermo del Toro said when FX greenlighted a pilot for “The Strain” — that the project will have a limited run spanning three to five seasons. “The Strain series”, based on del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire novel trilogy, will produce “39-65 episodes, no less, no more,” Landgraf said, adding, “What if a television show could be just the length that is optimal for that story?” “The Strain”‘s order is technically for a pilot but has a writing staff that has completed five scripts already, and a series pickup is considered a formality.
Guillermo del Toro will direct “The Strain” pilot from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan, who also co-authored the books with him. Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”), who helped develop the adaptation, executive produces alongside del Toro and will serve as showrunner, overseeing the potential series with del Toro. Hogan and del Toro’s longtime manager/producing partner Gary Ungar also serve as exec producers of the project, produced by FX Prods. Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Lauren Lee Smith, Jack Kesy, Jonathan Hyde, John Hurt, Miguel Gomez, Corey Stoll, Robert Maillet, and Mia Maestro all star.
“The Strain” is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He 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.
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