Sink your teeth into newest vampire horror TV series that featured a mysterious virus that turned those infected into another take on the hungry, blood-sucking creatures! It will premiere on Sunday, July 13, 2014! Read on to find out more about “The Strain” from director Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and writer/producer Carlton Cuse.
“The Strain” is one of the upcoming TV shows you need to watch out, which is the first-ever TV project of famed horror genre director Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), author Chuck Hogan and “Lost” and “Bates Motel” showrunner Carlton Ruse. It is based on the first novel of “The Strain” (2006) trilogy included written by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The succeeding novels in the series are “The Fall” (2010) and “The Night Eternal” (2011).
Deadline first reported that FX had ordered a limited 13-episodes run for “The Strain” in September 2012. It was also said that del Toro had first wanted to make a script of his concept with Hogan, but no one bought it at first. With the suggestion from 3 Arts’ Richard Abate, they turned it into a book series.
It was until the publication of the first novel that got the attention of various television networks who wanted to pick the series. Del Toro and Hogan refused their advances until the end of the third book, “The Night Eternal.”
“FX made the most sense, based on the level of commitment, passion and understanding of the concept of the book. They got behind the idea of making this a close-ended series; we wanted to follow the books closely and so it couldn’t be open-ended, but rather three to five seasons max.” del Toro said in the Deadline article.
According to Spoiler TV, the upcoming series centers on New York City’s CDC Canary Team Head/Epidemiologist Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), and his investigations on the mysterious plane that had arrived at the John F. Kennedy Airport. The plane reveals a lot of dead passengers and only a handful of survivors. It was said that it was caused by a mysterious strain of virus that gives vampire-like attributes to the infected.
Their investigations lead them to a certain Holocaust survivor, Professor Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley), who now works as a pawn-shop owner in New York. The role was previously played by John Hurt in the pilot until he left, as Deadline reported.
Other cast members include, Kevin Durand, Mía Maestro, Ben Hyland, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel , Javier Botet, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown Jack Kesy, Sean Astin, Robert Maillet, Francis Capra, Roger Cross, Leslie Hope, Regina King, Melanie Merkosky and Drew Nelson.
The Hollywood Reporter (THR) posted on the interview with Carlton Cuse at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter tour. The former “Lost” co-showrunner is also known for his showrunning duties for the high-rated “Bates Motel” from A&E starring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga.
Cuse pointed out the difference of his vampires over its handsome and seductive counterpart. He also shared that’s its way different from the “Twilight” franchise that featured the “sparkly, brooding dudes with fangs and romantic problems.”
“These vampires, or to use the Romanian word, tragoi, are really scary creatures.” The vampires featured on the series, he said, are not romantic creatures and do not have sex (they shed their genitalia).” Cuse said in the THR article.
And that’s it for the latest update about FX’s “The Strain.” It will premiere on July 13, 2014. Watch out for other entertaining news about “The Strain” including spoilers and recaps, only here at Movie News Guide (MNG).