In one of the best pieces of news I’ve heard in a while is the TV news that Guillermo del Toro‘s trilogy book series, The Strain, is being adapted for a pilot on FX.
Mr. del Toro co-authored The Strain with Chuck Hogan and the two of them will be involved in the project, with the two co-writing the pilot and del Toro directing and exex producing.
Carlton Cuse (Lost) is showrunner and also an exec producer.
I’m pretty excited to see this book series created into a visual experience. If the series is popular enough, as del Toro stated, there’s enough material in the trilogy for a few seasons.
If you’ve follow my site, you know I’ve read The Strain back in 2010 and enjoyed it immensely. It’s a daring story that starts out with an airliner that lands at JFK and comes to a dead stop. When boarded, all they find are bodies. Hence, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather of the CDC gets involved. A lot more than he intended to.
But it goes beyond the airport as an invasion of unknown proportions commences from that airplane.
The concept behind this vampire invasion series is pretty original. I’ve never seen vampires of this kind and how they’re biologically put together. And they’re on quite the mission. It was pretty impressive. The first book was a little wordy, but the other books caught up nicely.
To be honest, I look forward to the FX pilot and possible series.