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Guillermo del Toro's The Strain TV Series Gets Extended Trailer

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Very few directors today can tell a horror story with as much style as Guillermo del Toro. His films are incredibly distinctive and the stories he tells feel like horror movies taken from the 70′s and supercharged.

Now he’s taking his particular brand of vision and bringing it to the small screen with The Strain. Based on a trilogy of books he wrote with Chuck Hogan, he says he originally envisioned the novels as a television series. Nice to see things come full circle. Here’s the trailer!


Well, that was good and freaky! The pilot was directed by del Toro himself, and he hopes to direct as many episodes as he can, which isn’t a surprise — he’s one of the hardest working filmmakers today. The Strain series will be staying as true to the books as possible, to the point where it’s already been limited to 3 – 5 seasons. FX president John Landgraf basically caps the series at:


39--65 episodes, no less, no more. What if a television show could be just the length that is optimal for that story?

Amen to that. A lot of serialized television seems to go on until it’s long past deteriorated, and sometimes feels like we’re kicking a dead horse. I’ve always argued for TV shows with only a few a seasons, to allow them to go off on a high note. X-Files, Dexter, and even Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended up with mediocre to downright bad seasons after their 5th season.

If FX plans to go for a full 5 seasons of 13 episodes, then it’ll be the third and final book that will be expanded into 3 seasons. That won’t be a decision they’ll have to make until the end of the second season, provided the ratings are strong enough. Here’s the lowdown on the series:

A plane lands at John F. Kennedy International Airport with lights off and doors sealed. Epidemiologist Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll) and his team are sent to investigate. On board they find two hundred corpses and four survivors. The situation deteriorates when the bodies begin disappearing from morgues. Goodweather and a small group of helpers find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the entire city, from an ancient threat to humanity.

The Strain premieres July 13, 2014 on FX.

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