It's official: Guillermo del Toro's The Strain is coming to a TV near you. The Hollywood Reporter reveals cable network FX (home of edgy fare like Justified, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and American Horror Story) has ordered a 13 episode first season of the horror series starring House of Cards' Corey Stoll.
Announced a little over a year ago, The Strain is an adaptation of del Toro's own vampire trilogy of the same name, co-written with Chuck Hogan, who is also working on the show along with Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse. The Strain in book form is followed by The Fall and finally The Night Eternal, so there's plenty of source material to pull from even if this is a very faithful adaptation.
Stoll plays Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of a team of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City whose team is tasked with investigating a mysterious virus outbreak with "hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism." I haven't read the books, but I'm betting they don't do so good a job at containing it and it gets a bit out of control. Mia Maestro, Sean Astin and Kevin Durand co-star.
They're getting ready to shoot the pilot now, and the series will premiere in July 2014. Perfect light-hearted summer season viewing!