FX OK’s Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Strain,” a Series About Vampires Who Don’t Sparkle or Lack Facial Expressions

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Vampires and zombies have been battling for the affection of sci-fi and horror geeks since the earliest days of entertainment but an interesting series from director Guillermo Del Toro offers a unique mix of the two in one show.

FX Networks announced that they ordered a 13-episode series of Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s book trilogy The Strain, a series of stories about an epic battle for humanity against a virus that turns people into ravenous vampires, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Del Toro, Hogan and Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse will oversee the development of the series. Corey Stoll who plays the troubled U.S. Rep. Peter Russo in the Netflix series House of Cards and Lord of the Rings trilogy star Sean Astin are both attached to star in the project.

Del Toro originally envisioned The Strain as a TV series way back when but when the networks failed to pick up the project, his agent suggested that he turned his idea into a novel with Hogan as his co-writer. The book version of The Strain turned into a trilogy with books including The Fall and The Night Eternal that followed the battles ensuing from the vampire virus. Now he’s finally getting the TV series that he originally envisioned, which makes this win all the sweeter.

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