FX has officially ordered 13 episodes of The Strain, a series based on the novel written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Production of the debut season is expected to get going this month and we should see its premiere in July 2014.
Del Toro and Hogan are executive producing the FX series while Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel, LOST) will serve as executive producer and showrunner. With a reported $500,000 budget for just creature effect, The Strain should be a sight to see — plus it’s , which is a nice change from .
The Strain will star Corey Stoll, Jonathan Hyde, Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, and Sean Astin. Del Toro shot the pilot episode in September, which starred John Hurt as Professor Abraham Setrakian (this fact is still listed on IMDB), but the role will be recast.
The Strain synopsis:
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it is too late.
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