Mystery writer Chuck Hogan and monster caretaker Guillermo del Toro's vampire novel The Strain is getting its own series on FX! Which means we'll finally have a vampire show without dry-humping to songs by The Fray. Hooray!
Deadline broke the news that del Toro and Hogan are teaming up with Lost's Carlton Cuse. The pilot will be co-written by the authors and directed by del Toro. Cuse will work on developing the first season, which will cover the entire first book of the series. The scriptwriting begins at the end of this year, with hopes to shoot in September, right after Pacific Rim opens next July. Explains Deadline of this upcoming series:
In the opening book of the series, a Boeing 777 lands at JFK, with no communication or signs of life. Eph Goodweather, who investigates biological threats to the CDC, is called in and discovers all the passengers dead, and signs that a strange being had been aboard the vessel. Soon, he teams with ex-professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian, who assemble a ragtag group that represents mankind's only hope when a swarm of vampires quickly turn civilization into their buffet. Fittingly for FX's male focus, unlike the traditional, romanticized portrayals of vampires as tuxedo-clad studs, The Strain is vary male-oriented with bloodsuckers who have no seductive powers - they are parasites, husks of their former human form with stingers that drain blood for nourishment, while spreading capillary worms that convert victims into more vampires under the control of The Master.
Not mentioned in this synopsis? That fact that while the vampires feed on you, they also shit their pants. Bring on the mud-bottomed beasties!