Why Guillermo del Toro's vampire show for FX sounds like a winner
FX announced on Tuesday that they're ordering 13 episodes of a new show based on The Strain, a trilogy of books co-written by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. The best part? Del Toro will be involved with the series, set to premiere in the summer of 2014, along with Lost mastermind Carlton Cuse, who will serve as showrunner. The show will focus on the outbreak of a vampire virus, which is anything but an original premise, but we have a feeling the minds behind this one will bring something different to our TV screens. Here's why we're excited:
- Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) is just one of many filmmakers to make the jump the television in recent years, and we can't wait to see how his cinematic vision translates to a series. We bet it'll be stunning to look at. Likewise, as a huge Lost fan, we look forward to anything Carlton Cuse has his hands in. For better or for worse, Cuse and his partner Damon Lindelof are credited with making Lost what it was: a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating series that helped change the way we talk about television. But they don't often get enough credit for how compelling the show always was or how rich its characters were. Free from the network limitations and challenges of cranking out 20-something episodes of a show per season, Cuse's mythology-driven tendencies will likely fare better. (He's already making a good case for this with A&E's Bates Motel.)
- Corey Stoll will star in the new series as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, a man investigating the virus and hopefully saving everyone from a vampire takeover. You might recognize Stoll from Netflix series House of Cards, where he played Peter Russo and was consistently one of the best things about that show. We were hoping he'd land somewhere else on TV after (SPOILER ALERT) being killed unceremoniously on Cards, and are thrilled to see he ended up in what sounds like a meaty role.
- FX is responsible for one of the best new shows of last season, its '80s-set drama The Americans. It also has a slew of stellar, interesting shows on its roster, everything from Louie to Justified to American Horror Story. This network knows how to make compelling television.