Del Toro's The Strain May Come to TV After All

Fox may have dropped the ball on bringing Guillermo del Toro's The Strain to life as a television series, but plans are afoot to bring the gonzo vampire tale to the small screen, with a showrunner intimately familiar with bloodsuckers.

The Strain began life as a television pitch, but when Guillermo del Toro delivered his idea for a realistic story of vampire pandemic, complete with long, complex character arcs and anal parasites, Fox execs wanted a show that was more Buffy than an undead version of The Wire. When they asked him to turn his idea into a comedy, del Toro teamed up with author Chuck Hogan to rework The Strain as a trilogy of novels.


But now, a The Strain television series is back on the table. Variety reports that Grady Twins Productions, a production company started by Marti Noxon and Dawn Parouse Olmstead, is working with del Toro and Hogan to develop a three season series, which they plan to shop early next year.

It's perhaps ironic, given that Noxon was a writer and executive producer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was the sort of vampire dramedy Fox likely had in mind, not to mention a show we ourselves have accused of defanging the vampire genre. But Noxon, whose writing and production credits include the slow-burning Mad Men, is certainly no stranger to smart writing and gradually developing character arcs, and can hopefully deliver the over-the-top mania and horror del Toro's work demands.




Benny Gesserit

Don't throw things, please, but I didn't get more than 50 pages into the book before I gave up.

I found his writing style too heavy-handed - spelling things out for my in GIANT lettering: "knew something in there wanted to eat her" or "souls. we used to call them souls". After about a dozen of these I went on to a Greg Bear.

That said, would I watch a movie or tv show based on the books? Yes, of course. Now that I reflect, maybe my fault with the book was that it was too cinematic and written with the thought of how it would look rather than how it'd feel.