FX is closing in on a hefty deal to develop a TV adaptation of Guillermo del Toro‘s vampire novel trilogy “The Strain,” with Carlton Cuse (A&E’s drama series “Bates Motel”) on board as showrunner, reports Variety.
FX is in final negotiations to order a pilot with the understanding that the project would likely be fast-tracked to a series order. Del Toro will co-write the pilot with Chuck Hogan, his co-author on the HarperCollins books, and he will direct. The plan is to begin lensing in Toronto in the fall of next year.
Project marks a leap of faith for FX which has never before ordered a pilot on the strength of a pitch. Cinemax and Starz were also aggressive contenders for the project.
Del Toro envisions “Strain” as an event series that would have a clearly defined end date. The project is favorite of del Toro’s, who spent years developing his own unique spin on vampire mythology for the books. The first of the series bowed in 2009.
“These are very scary vampires,” Cuse told Variety. “These are not romantic vampires. They will give you nightmares.“