It seems like only vampires or zombies make it onto television these days. Cable network FX has just ordered 13 episodes of The Strain, yet another vampire series based on the best-selling book from visionary director Guillermo del Toro and author Chuck Hogan. Carlton Cuse of Lost fame will serve as showrunner while del Toro himself will direct the pilot episode. While we’ve nearly reached our breaking point due the massive amounts of vampire and zombie properties that have flooded all forms of entertainment media as of late, maybe this series will add a second life (get it?) to the typical vampire yarn.
The series will star Corey Stoll, who made an impressive stint on the Netflix drama House of Cards, as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon 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 itself. Sean Astin, Mia Maestro, and Kevin Durand are also set to star in this vampire thriller.
“Guillermo’s epic, cinematic pilot for The Strain starts a chilling and compelling story that will upend everything you thought you knew about vampires,” said Cuse about the show. FX has quietly amassed a quality stable of dramas including The Americans, Justified, and Sons of Anarchy. Hopefully, The Strain continues their winning run of hits. The series will premiere in July 2014.