TV: The Strain

FX has ordered a pilot that will be co-written, directed and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, who "is bringing his vampire novel trilogy The Strain to television as a drama series, which will be run by former Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse," Co-writing the pilot script is Chuck Hogan (Prince Of Thieves), who also co-authored the books with del Toro.

"We started receiving offers for movies and TV rights after the publication of the first book but we didn't want do anything because we didn't want that train of thought to influence the way we were writing the books," del Toro said, adding: "Once the third book was published, we went back to every cable network that expressed interest, and we pitched the series. FX made the most sense, based on the level of commitment, passion and understanding of the concept of the book. They got behind the idea of making this a close-ended series; we wanted to follow the books closely and so it couldn't be open-ended, but rather three to five seasons max."

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