Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’: FX Vampire Drama Given 13-Episode Order for 2014
Finally! We’ve been hearing for months about the incredible casting choices for FX’s adaptation of Guillermo del Toro‘s iconic vampire trilogy ‘The Strain,’ though the network had yet to issue an official series order. Now, the day has at long last come, for vampire horror-drama ‘The Strain’ will see the light in 2014 with a full season!
Based on del Toro’s 2009 novel trilogy, ‘The Strain’ follows Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather (‘House of Cards‘ star Corey Stoll), a CDC operative who investigates 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. Details are still coming in, but FX’s adaptation will see a run of 13 episodes beginning in July 2014.
Also present among the cast are Sean Astin (‘Lord of the Rings‘), Roger Cross (‘24‘), Leslie Hope, Robert Maillet (‘Pacific Rim‘), Mia Maestro (‘Alias’), Lauren Lee Smith, Miguel Gomez, Kevin Durand (‘LOST‘) and Richard Sammel (‘Inglorious Basterds’), while John Hurt‘s (‘Hellboy,’ ‘Doctor Who‘) role as Professor Abraham Setrakian will unfortunately be recast. Former ‘LOST’ and current ‘Bates Motel‘ showrunner Carlton Cuse will helm FX’s adaptation from a screenplay by del Toro and novel co-writer Michael Hogan. Hogan and Gary Ungar will also serve as executive producers.
While a series order had been expected, FX President John Landgraf told reporters at the previous TCA press tour that del Toro’s vision had included adapting his novel trilogy over up to five seasons, anywhere between 39 and 65 total episodes.
What say you? Are you ready to catch Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ in 2014? Check out the official key art below, and give us your thoughts in the comments!