Since both science fiction and horror are having a heyday on TV (The Walking Dead, Hannibal, American Horror Story), FX has resurrected a previously-dead pitch for a show, and is adapting The Strain into a 13-episode series. Based on The Strain trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (published 2009-2011), the show will be a drama/horror series that blends science, vampire mythology, and apocalyptic/disaster events. It will join Stephen King’s Under the Dome in the ranks of recent TV series based on well-known science fiction novels.
According to FX, it focuses on “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 first episode is directed by del Toro, and it will air in the summer.