Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ Ordered to Series by FX

Series adds to FX's horror slate, which includes franchise hit 'American Horror Story'

FX has handed a 13-episode order to Guillermo del Toro’s “The Strain,” the net announced today. Series will bow on the cabler in July 2014.

The Strain” is based on a vampire novel trilogy of the same name penned by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Del Toro and Hogan co-wrote the pilot for the TV project, with del Toro also helming.

Carlton Cuse is serving as showrunner and scribe on the series, which is being produced by FX Prods.

“‘The Strain’ books are near and dear to my heart and now, Chuck and I have the blessing of a partnership with Carlton and FX that holds great promise,” said del Toro.  “Working with FX has yielded an amazing experience with total creative freedom and support.”

“The Strain” is billed as a high concept thriller that tells the story of 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.

Corey Stoll is toplining the series as Goodweather. Other cast members include Mia Maestro, Sean Astin and Kevin Durand.

“The Strain” will begin lensing in Toronto later this month.

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