With 2009’s The Strain, director Guillermo del Toro proved himself a Renaissance Man by co-creating an exhilarating vampire novel with Chuck Hogan, author of The Town. The Strain was the first installment of a trilogy about a vampire epidemic spreading across the world. One reviewer accurately described the series as “Stephen King meets Michael Crichton meets Bram Stoker.” It’s a fairly epic series with events taking place in the modern day and World War II. Sounds like it’d make an excellent television show, right? Well, if things go according to plan, we will eventually know if that’s true.
It was announced yesterday that del Toro and Lost’s Carlton Cuse have teamed to develop The Strain Trilogy for FX. Del Toro will co-write (with Hogan), direct and Executive Produce the pilot; Cuse will serve as producer and show runner.
Del Toro feels that the first two books in the trilogy – The Strain and The Fall – each deserve individual seasons; the final book, The Night Eternal, he feels should be spread across two. In true Guillermo fashion, it appears that he will be heavily involved in the series, so the four season plan will likely be how it goes.
Both del Toro and Cuse have other television projects in the works (Cuse is in charge A&E’s Bates Motel; del Toro’s The Incredible Hulk is supposedly still happening), so we likely won’t see The Strain anytime soon. Whenever we do, though, I imagine it will be spectacular.