Deadline is reporting that Corey Stoll will star in The Strain, an adaptation of the novel written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Stoll was seen in the Netflix original series House of Cards (see that one if you haven't already).
Carlton Cuse of Bates Motel is acting as showrunner on the FX pilot. Currently, only a pilot has been ordered but FX's top dog has hinted that it will likely gone to series. Del Toro is directing the pilot.
Guillermo del Toro's The Strain is going to live on as a television series, as we learned in September. Fox commissioned a greenlit pilot and when we spoke to Del Toro shortly after the announcement, he told us: "Fortunately for me, that means they're not commissioning a screenplay or development. We're going right to pilot. That's a very good piece of news."
Del Toro has provided another update on the potential series, this time he's talking to MTV and he's providing a time frame in which we'll be seeing some big developments occur.
Just yesterday we learned that Guillermo del Toro's horror novel series "The Strain" is planned for adaptation as a television pilot on FX. Tonight, Shock caught up with the man himself on the red carpet for Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights Eyegore awards where he gave us a brief update on the status of that project and also responded to the recent news that his upcoming Pacific Rim would be post-converted to 3D.
"Fox has commissioned a pilot," he says of the former project which he has hopes will go to series. "Fortunately for me, that means they're not commissioning a screenplay or development. We're going right to pilot. That's a very good piece of news."
Pacific Rim, meanwhile, is in post-production and is targeting a July 12, 2013 release with a cast that includes Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman and Charlie Day. Not planning for 3D from the project's inception, del Toro explains that certain factors had to be agreed to to get him to change his mind on the post-conversion. Check out his thoughts after the break!
Guillermo del Toro has a lot on his plate with the many comic book and movie projects that he's announced over the years, and here is another one for the pile. Deadline reports that his very popular book series The Strain, which he co-authored with Chuck Hogan, has been picked up by FX as a TV pilot. Hogan and Del Toro will co-write the pilot with Del Toro directing and executive producing. Along for the ride will be former "Lost" showrunner Carlton Cuse acting as showrunner and executive producer.
Should the pilot get picked up for series, it is envisioned as a limited run from the beginning. Del Toro says "the books have enough juice to fill three to five seasons of series" and that he would also like to direct as much of it as his feature schedule allows him to.
In Romania in the late '20s, an elderly woman tells her grandson about a local legend. The legend of a man with a peculiar affliction. 90 years later, in the darkness of New York's JFK airport, a lone Boeing 777 sits dormant. The plane has no power, no open doors, and no living passengers.
This summer I finally got the chance to read Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain, the first in what was going to become a trilogy. It was heralded as "their take" on the vampire mythos and as a fan of these two, I was excited. To me, the first book was a fantastic piece of modern horror literature. There aren't many books being put out specifically for genre fans, but this was one (and, of course, it makes a nice deviation from all of the young adult “vampire” books of late). It was only a matter of time, also, before the book was to be adapted. Movie? Comic? Musical? It was going to happen with Del Toro involved. Luckily it was the second option.