Friday, September 21, 2012

Because what TV really needs is more vampires.

Any fans of Guillermo del Toro out there? Come on, you know you love Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth and maybe even Blade II (vampires!).

Did you know that del Toro also co-wrote a book trilogy called The Strain about a virus that turns most of the world into blood-sucking hive-minded creatures (more vampires!). He basically took the ideas he began to explore in Blade II and ran with them, creating one of the darkest works of vampire fiction I've read. I don't want to give too much away in case you haven't read the books, but let's just say this isn't one of those stories where the plucky hero stops the bad guy right in the nick of time. Instead, shit gets major apocolapsey.

ANYWAY, news broke today that del Toro is working with Lost's Carlton Cuse* to adapt The Strain trilogy for television on the cable network FX.  The article I linked to only describes the show as a "series" so it's unclear whether it would be long form or miniseries, but I would assume a longer run show is more likely--hopefully about 12 episodes a season. 

FX is no stranger to dark drama (hello, Sons of Anarchy, The Shield, and American Horror Story), so I can't think of a better non-pay channel home for The Strain. If you haven't checked out the books, I suggest you give them a read; they don't revolutionize the genre, but there is definitely some interesting stuff there.

And you might as well admit it: you will watch anything he makes. How can someone who looks so cuddly be so dark??

*because what TV also needs is another show by a creator/producer/writer/best boy grip who previously worked on Lost.


Scienter said...

I've read The Strain books and really enjoyed them. I'd watch!

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