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Guillermo Del Toro spills some bloody details regarding his upcoming FX series The Strain

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Guillermo Del Toro's trilogy of novels are coming to FX as a series and the man himself lent some details as to how he sees THE STRAIN coming together visually.

For those that have read the novels, you know it is a modern day take on the Dracula story with a Michael Crichton/ANDROMEDA STRAIN mentality. Del Toro and Chuck Hogan wrote the books, which were originally pitched as a television series. Now, with THE WALKING DEAD such a big hit, FX is getting in on the apocalyptic horror series trend.

Del Toro, who says he will direct the pilot of THE STRAIN, spoke to MTV and had this to share.

"Basically I'm trying to do what I do in my movies which is to show it as a reality, but as a reality that is stylized. It's not like "CSI" or "The Wire," it's real but it feels a little stylized. But the way the camera work will be is very realistic. We want to keep the camera very documentary even if the look of the show is not. The look of the show is very designed. The style of the camera and the storytelling will be very loose."

Hopefully by setting the tone by helming the first episode, Del Toro can set up the visual universe for those who take over the rest of the season. Either way, I want to know if we can expect the violence to utilize the TV-MA rating it will most likely get as an FX series.

"It will certainly be brutal," said Del Toro. "We are a TV show, we are restrained about how much human gore we can show, but we will be pretty brutal. If you read the novels and you read the comic, there are very, very harrowing human dynamics in the 3 books. Because the vampires in the books, the first people they want to kill are the people they love, so that's gonna be pretty hardcore [laughs]."

Awesome. That is what wanted to hear. THE STRAIN has no current premiere date, but expect it to be advertised like crazy when it does.

Extra Tidbit: Yes, those vampires are very, very reminiscent of BLADE II.
Source: MTV Geek

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5:54PM on 11/13/2012

Bring it on ...

Can Not wait for this!!!
Can Not wait for this!!!
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5:58PM on 11/13/2012
Be it Twilight or Dracula, I'm just tired of vampires overall. This looks good, don't get me wrong, it's just the vampire thing is in need of a hiatus for a bit.
Be it Twilight or Dracula, I'm just tired of vampires overall. This looks good, don't get me wrong, it's just the vampire thing is in need of a hiatus for a bit.
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7:54PM on 11/13/2012

Had me at FX

I'm a fan of Del Toro but FX is the best network currently, I'm more than sold.
I'm a fan of Del Toro but FX is the best network currently, I'm more than sold.
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8:26PM on 11/13/2012
I love FX but AMC might be better these days (IMHO).
I love FX but AMC might be better these days (IMHO).
10:19PM on 11/13/2012
First novel felt way too generic for me to want to read the other two. It could work as a series though.
First novel felt way too generic for me to want to read the other two. It could work as a series though.
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10:31PM on 11/13/2012

Bring It!

Unlike some other posters on this story, I've read the first two books (currently working on the 3rd) and I'd love to see this onscreen. It really brings vampires back to where they should be.
Unlike some other posters on this story, I've read the first two books (currently working on the 3rd) and I'd love to see this onscreen. It really brings vampires back to where they should be.
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11:37PM on 11/13/2012
del Toro, ill give it a few episodes to check it out
del Toro, ill give it a few episodes to check it out
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6:38AM on 11/14/2012

Weird...

I JUST started reading this. So far I like the characters well enough but the plot reminds me a LOT of the pilot episode of Fringe, so seeing that on tv again might be odd. Still waiting for the vampires to kick in. Just met Eph and Nora.
I JUST started reading this. So far I like the characters well enough but the plot reminds me a LOT of the pilot episode of Fringe, so seeing that on tv again might be odd. Still waiting for the vampires to kick in. Just met Eph and Nora.
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8:16AM on 11/14/2012

Cannot wait

I have not read the books, but am going to now. This looks great. This seems to be much better than the HBO's rendition of Twilight Saga. American Horror Story, Walking Dead and now this. I've got a smile on my face.
I have not read the books, but am going to now. This looks great. This seems to be much better than the HBO's rendition of Twilight Saga. American Horror Story, Walking Dead and now this. I've got a smile on my face.
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8:28AM on 11/14/2012
Stretchy jaws on humans always look like complete and utter fake arsery.
Stretchy jaws on humans always look like complete and utter fake arsery.
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2:47PM on 11/14/2012
If they're humans that have been turned into vampires (or act as hosts for some vampiric life-form) then they're still humans, just humans of an undead variety.

I'll add Van Helsing and The Thing shitmake to your list. And that's without even giving it much thought, to be honest. Hollywood's been doing the shitty stretchy-human-jaw thing for many a year.
If they're humans that have been turned into vampires (or act as hosts for some vampiric life-form) then they're still humans, just humans of an undead variety.

I'll add Van Helsing and The Thing shitmake to your list. And that's without even giving it much thought, to be honest. Hollywood's been doing the shitty stretchy-human-jaw thing for many a year.
8:49AM on 11/14/2012
Good thing they're not humans then. And how many other times have they done that? I can think of maybe three total. The Mummy, Hellboy 2 and Legion.
Good thing they're not humans then. And how many other times have they done that? I can think of maybe three total. The Mummy, Hellboy 2 and Legion.
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