While we take a breather in-between the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 network TV seasons, we are now focusing on the cable networks. One of the pilots that everyone has been anticipating is the adaptation of The Strain, which was penned by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
Here is the synopsis of the first book in the trilogy:
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city–a city that includes his wife and son–before it is too late.
Filming for the pilot has not begun, but they have begin casting. Corey Stoll will portray Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, Mia Maestro has been cast as Dr. Nora Martinez, and Kevin Durand will be playing Vasily Fet,
As we stated earlier, it seems like team Bad Robot has their hands in everything and The Strain is just another example of such a project. Carlton Cuse, who worked on J.J. Abrams’ LOST, will be the executive producer of the pilot as Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan have co-written the pilot and Guillermo del Toro will direct the pilot.