Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain gets full series

The pilot episode of Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain TV show ordered to full season by FX

Guillermo Del Toro

Guillermo Del Toro
Guillermo Del Toro and vampire friend on the set of Blade II

The TV show of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s trilogy of vampire novels The Strain has been ordered to a full season by FX after an impressive pilot episode.

Variety reports that The Strain will now be 13 episodes, starring Corey Stoll, John Hurt, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin and Kevin Durand. Del Toro directed the pilot episode, co-writing it with Hogan, while Bates Motel and Lost‘s Carlton Cuse will act as showrunner. Shooting begins next month in Toronto.

The Strain is “the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, 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.”

The trilogy of novels are excellent and we can’t wait to see what the TV show looks like next year.

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