FX and sister station FXX have become two of my favorite channels. ARCHER and THE LEAGUE are two of, if not the, funniest shows on the air right now and when you add in the boundary-pushing AMERICAN HORROR STORY series, these two channels are really all I need. To make their excellent channels even better, FX has officially ordered 13 episodes of THE STRAIN, a series that is based on the vampire trilogy novels written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. According to Deadline.com:
While Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse‘s drama The Strain, based on del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire novel trilogy, formally had a pilot order at FX, its series pickup was considered a pure formality. It just came in today. From the onset, when FX landed the project in a bidding war, it hired a full writing staff, with the network committing some $500,000 to creature creation. The Strain now is heading into production on its first season, with the bulk of the scripts already completed and one major casting change. The role of Professor Abraham Setrakian, played in the pilot by John Hurt, is being recast. Filming is slated to begin this month in Toronto for a July premiere. As FX CEO John Landgraf indicated in August, the plan for the series is to run for 39-65 episodes.
This seems to be moving fast and I say the faster the better. This way we’ll get a summer 2014 horror series to keep us happy and then we’ll roll right into the fifth season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY. Check out the plot crunch:
The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called on to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity.
Actor Corey Stoll is set to star as Dr. Goodweather along with BREAKING BAD’s Mia Maestro and Sean Astin. Co-starring are Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez. John Hurt was originally set to star as Prof. Setrakian but his character is being recast.
The series is set to premier in July 2014. I can’t wait!! Have you read THE STRAIN trilogy? What do you think of the casting? Are you worried about it being adapted into a series? On this last point, I’d be very worried if it weren’t for FX carrying the series. FX has proven time and time again that they aren’t afraid to push the envelope with gore, violence, language, and even nudity.