The Strain Inches Close to TV

Few can doubt that Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro created something evocative and powerful in their vampire trilogy The Strain. Amid the tributes to classic vampire fiction and cinema, they told a harrowing tale. the-strainNot simply about a terrible form of undead. They did that! Definitely! But more–they created a genuine epic. Here was a vampiric Lord of the Rings, an undead Game of Thrones, a Harry Potter drenched in blood and darkness and apocalypse!

And FX has ordered a pilot based on the trilogy. If picked up, this would make True Blood look like Charmed.

More, Del Toro is slated to executive produce, as well as directing.  Carlton Cruse from Lost will also executive produce as well as act as show-runner.

So far two members actors have been cast. Corey Stoll (currently seen in House of Cards) will play the lead, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Centers for Disease Control Team in New York City. He and his fellows are called upon when a 777 lands at JFK International Airport but then falls totally silent. Shades of the Demeter in Bram Stoker‘s novel! Kevin Durand coreystrollashemingwayinmidnightinparis(from Resident Evil: Retribution) plays Vasily Fet, a professional exterminator who becomes part of a small unofficial coterie desperately trying to head off a disaster of biblical scope.

Uncast (so far) are Nora Martinez, Ephraim’s colleague, Holocaust survivor and vampire-hunter (some might call Van Helsing clone) Abraham Setakian (portrayed by Roy Dotrice in the book trailer below–he was also in Showtime’s Nightmare Classics version of Carmilla) and Eldritch Palmer, one of the wealthiest men on earth who has made a Faustian bargain.

In keeping with his version of vampires seen in Blade 2, the creatures of The Strain as well as its sequels The Fall and The Night Eternal seem far more monstrous even than the sharklike vampires of 30 Days of Night. Lacking fangs, they feed from a meter-long stinger emerging Kevin-Durandfrom their mouth. It looks like a hideous hybrid of a tentacle with the proboscis of some giant mosquito! These beings retain virtually no trace of the human they once had been. Instead they entire biology mutates, their DNA re-written by an infection carried in the stinger. These vampires need not breathe. They certainly have no use or interest in genitalia.

Since Del Toro already helped create some trailers for the book, these might offer a glimpse of that awaits us!

So what do you think? Are you looking forward to this? Any suggestions as to casting?



By david

David MacDowell Blue blogs at Night Tinted Glasses.  He graduated from the National Shakespeare Conservatory and is the author of The Annotated Carmilla. and Your Vampire Story (And How to Write It) as well as a theatrical adaptation of Carmilla.

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