Here's some exciting news for yo del Toro fans - or just fans of cool, high-concept television. Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's vampire book series THE STRAIN is headed to the boob tube as a drama series, which will be run by former "Lost" co-showrunner Carlton Cuse (who is also currently overseeing A&E's "The Bates Motel").
According to Deadline.com, FX has landed the project, ordering a pilot that will be co-written, directed and executive produced by del Toro. Del Toro's co-author Hogan will also help write the pilot. /p>
The first book in the series has the following synopsis:
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city—a city that includes his wife and son—before it is too late.
Del Toro told Deadline he believes "the books have enough juice to fill three to five seasons of series, and that he would like to helm as many episodes as his feature schedule allows."
Selma Blair, from del Toro's HELLBOY films