It was really only a matter of time before FX greenlit “The Strain,” its high-profile vampire apocalypse project created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan and based on the pair’s trilogy of novels of the same name. The network ordered a pilot for the series packed with interesting names like Corey Stoll as the lead and Kevin Durand, Sean Astin, Mia Maestro and others in the cast, with del Toro directing from a script he co-wrote with Hogan.
Today FX made it official, ordering 13 episodes of the series, which is being produced by FX Productions and will air in July 2014 as what’s sure to be one of the biggest new shows of the summer. Carlton Cuse, of “Lost” and “Bates Motel,” will be a writer and the showrunner.
“‘The Strain’ books are near and dear to my heart and now, Chuck and I have the blessing of a partnership with Carlton and FX that holds great promise,” del Toro said in the announcement. “Working with FX has yielded an amazing experience with total creative freedom and support.”
Stoll, who’s coming off a major role in season one of Netflix’s “House of Cards,” plays Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are brought in to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that turns out to be a strain of vampirism — and not the desirable “Twilight” variety. The novels present an unromanticized vision of vampirism as a humanity-stripping infection not unlike the type displayed by those infected with the Reaper virus in Del Toro’s “Blade II.” Eph and others find themselves battling for the future of mankind.