FX orders 13 episodes of Guillermo del Toro's The Strain

News Louisa Mellor 20 Nov 2013 - 08:32

Get excited. 13 episodes of Guillermo del Toro's new supernatural drama, The Strain, are coming to FX...

UPDATE: John Hurt will no longer be appearing in The Strain, his role having gone to David Bradley.

FX has declared it so: The Strain, based on the book trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, is coming to television for at least thirteen episodes (encouragingly, FX boss John Landgraf is already talking about forty-seventy instalments arranged into at least five seasons being the long-term plan). 

Not one to hang about, del Toro had the entire first season was already written before the pilot went into production, meaning that filming can begin on episodes two to thirteen in Toronto later this month. The Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim director will stay on as executive producer, while Lost's Carlton Cuse heads up showrunning duties.

The trilogy sees a group of scientists battling a rare viral strain that causes vampirism in those it infects. The marvellous John Hurt will be joined by a cast including The Lord of the Rings' Sean Astin, House of Cards' Corey Stoll, Alias' Mia Maestro, and Lost's Kevin Durand. We'll keep you posted as more arrives.

Just for fun, let's remind ourselves of del Toro's reference-packed opening to The Simpsons.


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Really hope this turns out well. The thing about The Strain is, while the first half is genuinely one of the best things I've ever read, once the mystery begins to disappear it becomes very average. By the end of book 1 I had pretty much lost interest, and I only got about 100 pages into The Fall. Very disappointing after how great the set-up is.

Still, I'll go into the show with an open mind. It'll be interesting to see what they do with it.

I really enjoyed the three but I read them out of sequence, i did book 2, 1 then 3

Have you tried Charlie Huston's , Joe Pitt novels? a nice take on vampire books

Does this mean we are getting bad ass vampires for once? Thank Dracula!

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