FX has picked up their drama project The Strain to series with a 13 episode order, TVWise has learned.
Production on the show’s first season will commence later this month in Toronto, with FX eyeing a July 2014 premiere. In addition, it has been announced that the role of Professor Abraham Setrakian, which was played by John Hurt in the pilot, is being recast as the project moves to series.
Based on Chuck Hogan’s best-selling vampire novel trilogy, The Strain follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself. The series is produced by FX Productions and stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez. The executive producers are Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Gary Ungar.
“We could not be more excited to be moving forward with Guillermo, Carlton and Chuck on The Strain. This is an epic story with stunning visuals and remarkable acting. The Strain totally reimagines and reinvents the genre”, said Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, the Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.
Guillermo del Toro, who co-wrote the pilot with Chuck Hogan, commented: “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. Working with FX has yielded an amazing experience with total creative freedom and support.”
While Showrunner Carlton Cuse added: “Working with visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and the team at FX has been a dream come true for me. Guillermo’s epic, cinematic pilot for The Strain starts a chilling and compelling story that will upend everything you thought you knew about vampires.”