TV: Guillermo del Toro’s Vampire Trilogy “The Strain” Heading To FX


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.

  • Grime

    I read this trilogy; it wasn’t good. It was very boring and the ideas were stale. The story could have been told in just 1 book instead of 3.

  • djblack1313

    i’ve never read (or heard about) this but i’m hopeful it will be good! the fact it’s on FX bodes very well for it! fingers crossed!

  • Jhanse3 (Jhanse29)

    I’ve really enjyed these books. I have only read the first and second one and plan on getting the third one soon. I think this could be a great series and FX’s answer to The Walking Dead.

    • djblack1313

      Jhanse, i notice i tend to agree w/ you and i tend to like the things you like so hearing you say this about this project is awesome!

    • doomas10

      Third one does not disappoint! I personally like the first one most but the third all bets are off!

  • doomas10

    the books were ace. I loved the first one. by far the most atmospheric! Second one was so bleak as well as the third one. It will be very interesting to see these ideas adapted visually. In Del Toro i trust!